MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that German specialty chemicals company Evonik is launching an expansion project at its Mobile Area manufacturing facility that will strengthen its animal nutrition business while reducing the site’s carbon footprint.
Plans call for Evonik to build a plant at its Mobile County site to produce methyl mercaptan, which is used to make its MetAmino (DL-Methionine). Methionine is used in animal husbandry to feed animals in a healthy, effective and sustainable way.
Evonik plans to invest $176.5 million in the Alabama expansion project. The new plant is expected to enter service in the second half of 2024.
“Evonik was one of the first German companies to set up shop in Alabama, and it’s great to see its Mobile plant once again playing a central role in this world-class company’s global growth plans,” noted Governor Ivey. “Evonik’s significant investment in Alabama will not only strengthen its industrial footprint in mobile, but also allow us to continue to build on this longstanding partnership.”
Evonik said the project will strengthen the Mobile County site as a best-in-class global methionine hub for reliable, cost-optimized supply to markets in the Americas. The site currently receives raw materials from third-party suppliers to produce methionine.
“In the market, we are synonymous with quality, superior supply reliability and a high level of safety and technology standards in our assets”, said Dr. Emmanuel Auer, Head of Evonik’s Animal Nutrition business line. “The upstream integration into Mobile eliminates the transport of hazardous chemicals and shows our continued commitment to responsible management and corporate sustainability.”
Evonik said the investment also aligns with the division’s sustainability strategy by reducing Mobile’s DL-methionine carbon footprint by approximately 7%. More than 25,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents can be saved each year.
“This project was made possible by the business-friendly environment in Alabama and the cooperation of the Governor’s Office, the Alabama Department of Commerce, Mobile County, the City of Mobile, and Mobile Zone Chamber of Commerce,” noted KelBoisvert, vice-president and site manager for Evonik in Mobile.
State and local officials have welcomed Evonik’s investment plans at the site, located in the Mobile County community of Theodore.
“Because Evonik’s culture is firmly based on values such as innovation and sustainability, it is exciting to see the company launch another expansion project for its mobile facility,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “I am confident that this investment will become a building block for even more future growth for Evonik in our state.”
Evonik, based in Essen, Germany, currently employs 750 people at its Theodore site.
“Evonik is another example of a company that values the local workforce,” said David Rodgers, vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.“Evonik has been a great corporate citizen since the 1970s, and this expansion ensures that its site in Théodore will remain competitive for years to come. come.”