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DuPont to expand in Rochester, add jobs

E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.’s Rochester-based nutrition & health business plans to expand its operations at Eastman Business Park, adding nearly 50 jobs and retaining 56.

DuPont has received an Empire State Development Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant of up to $1.5 million as incentive for the expansion. The facility manufactures probiotics for food, beverages and dietary supplements.

“DuPont’s decision to expand its manufacturing operations in Rochester is a testament to the area’s growing business climate and top-notch workforce,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “By supporting the expansion of this global innovative company, new jobs will be created for men and women across the region to continue our efforts in moving the Finger Lakes forward.”

In 2016, DuPont announced that it would expand its U.S. probiotics production capacity through a significant investment in a multiphase plan, totaling more than $100 million. The project is currently underway.

“The Rochester facility is an important part of our global probiotics program and we are grateful to our employees here, the community and the state of New York for their ongoing support,” DuPont Nutrition & Health President Matthias Heinzel said in a statement. “Our business combines in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition with current research and expert science to deliver unmatched value to the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries. The work we do in Rochester plays a critical role in helping us provide those solutions.”

The local nutrition and health site-formerly Genencor-was acquired by DuPont in 2011 when it bought the Danish firm Danisco A/S in a deal valued at roughly $6 billion. A specialist in food ingredients, enzymes and bioproducts, Danisco became involved in a joint venture with DuPont in 2008 through its Genencor division.

In 2013, Rochester plant manager Charles Burden told the RBJ that local operations were poised for growth, partly because of its proximity to the region’s booming yogurt business.

“DuPont has been part of the Rochester community for over 30 years and we are extremely proud of our workforce, which has allowed us to achieve amazing growth in our probiotics business,” Burden said in Wednesday’s statement. “Our success is due to many factors, including the support of the community and the state of New York, but most importantly the talent we have and are able to tap into due to the many fine area colleges and universities, as well as the overall experience we find in the Rochester area.”

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