Marrone getting ready to manufacture in Michigan

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI) of California has acquired an 11,400-square-foot manufacturing faciilty on 11 acres in Bangor, Mich. to advance its growing pipeline of natural pest management products. The company is a global provider of natural pest management products for the agricultural and water treatment markets.

MBI plans to begin making Grandevo, a broad-spectrum bioinsecticide for controlling insects and mites, as well as Zequanax, a naturally derived product for controlling invasive zebra mussels, which are plaguing the Great Lakes, at the new location in Southwest Michigan. The company also has several early-stage products that, if developed, will ultimately be made in Bangor. These include a novel EPA-approved bioherbicide and another insecticide currently ungergoing EPA review. In addition, MBI has several nematicide, herbicide, fungicide, algaecide and plant health product candidates in development that could be produced in Michigan.

The site was formerly a biodiesel production facility, recently migrating to glycerin production. MBI is starting to retrofit and repurpose the site for fermentation, intending to initiate manufacturing in early 2013. In addition to manufacturing, the complex includes offices and a lab. Initially employing 20 to 30 people, MBI expects to hire a total of 50 workers in the next few years.

Pictured: Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, whose office says she recruited Marrone Bio Innovations to open a facilty in Michigan, speaking at "groundbreaking" ceremonies for MBI's new Southwest Michigan location.

Originally posted Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012