PHILLIPSBURG, KANSAS, US — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on Aug. 9 was on hand to help cut the ribbon on Amber Wave’s new wheat protein ingredients facility in Phillipsburg. The company is investing more than $250 million into the facility and is creating more than 60 new jobs as it ramps up to full capacity.
“Kansas is known for its high-quality wheat, and this cutting-edge facility will strengthen the competitive edge we have in the market,” Kelly said. “Now, Kansas wheat farming families will have a massive direct buyer close to home and major food, baking, and pet food companies are able to have their wheat needs met here in Phillipsburg. This investment shows why our constant efforts to bring businesses to Kansas matter: Every local business owner and community member benefits.”
The wheat protein ingredients facility is located close to rail access to both coasts and core Midwest customers. In addition, all the wheat Amber Wave needs is grown within 100 miles of the plant.
“Recognizing the rising demand for high-protein ingredients and innovative feed products, coupled with renewable fuels that reduce our carbon footprint, this investment fits with what we have successfully done many times in Summit’s history,” said Bruce Rastetter, chief executive officer of Summit Agricultural Group, Amber Wave’s parent organization. “We evaluated several sites in various wheat-growing areas and Prairie Horizon is ideally located. The wheat protein we will produce is a healthy ingredient used widely within baked goods, pet food and growing aquaculture feed markets.”
Late last month Summit Ag Investors announced the rebrand of its portfolio company Summit Sustainable Ingredients, LLC to Amber Wave. The company also announced the hiring of industry veteran Randy Cimorelli as chief executive officer.