Japanese manufacturer to open biotech facility in Peachtree City

ATLANTA — Calpis America Inc. has selected Peachtree City for its U.S. headquarters and first manufacturing operation.

The company will invest $20 million and create 42 jobs in its first year of operations.

“As the No. 1 poultry-producing state in the nation, Georgia is the ideal place for Calpis to expand in the United States,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement. “International firms such as Calpis find success here not only because Georgia is one of the top markets for its products, but because the state is a hub for fast, efficient outreach to other markets in North and South America. The company’s strategic decision to locate here moves us closer to becoming the best place in the nation in which to do business.”

Calpis will construct a facility in Peachtree City Industrial Park to produce its direct-fed microbial product, Calsporin animal feed ingredients, which is used widely in the livestock industry to supply a naturally occurring microorganism. Operations are anticipated to begin in April 2014, and Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked customized workforce training program, will assist the company with its training needs.

Calpis’ long-standing livestock microbial product was developed through extensive research and launched in 1987 in Japan. The microbial product takes advantage of the bacterial species Bacillus subtilis to produce the fermentation product Calsporin containing a naturally occurring microorganism which, according to research, may help build a preferable intestinal environment.

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