ROANOKE, VA. — The Roanoke Regional Partnership announced March 30 an upcoming facility expansion for Balchem Corporation’s animal nutrition and health nutrient manufacturing site in Covington.

Balchem plans to invest $5 million in the facility expansion, doubling its production capacity and adding six new jobs in the area. The facility produces key nutrients used in animal nutrition and health market products globally.

“We are very excited about the expansion at our Covington site,” said Jonathan Griffin, vice president of Balchem Animal Nutrition and Health. “This is not only an opportunity to bring more jobs to the area, but it also allows us to further expand our manufacturing capabilities and meet the growing needs of the Animal Nutrition and Health markets.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Alleghany County, the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation and the Roanoke Regional Partnership all plan to provide support for the facility expansion.

“I’m proud that Balchem has chosen to expand its facility in Alleghany County,” said Matt Garten, chairman of the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors. “It demonstrates the quality of our workforce. The county values Balchem and hopes to continue to support its growth here.”

Balchem’s manufacturing facility in Alleghany County was first established in 2013.

“We’re pleased to see Balchem expanding and enjoying success in Alleghany County,” commented Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Advanced manufacturing is a target industry in the Commonwealth that will play an important role in Virginia’s economic recovery, and we thank the company for reinvesting in its operation and creating more high-quality jobs.”

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