National Hog Farmer

Kemin announces new employees for agrifoods division

DES MOINES, Iowa – August 11, 2011 – Kemin welcomes Dave Heilig and Dr. James W. Kessler to the agrifoods division in North America.

Dave Heilig joins Kemin as the Lysoforte™ product manager. Heilig arrives at Kemin with a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing and launching feed ingredients for animal production. Heilig has held key sales and marketing positions with Syngenta, Milk Specialties Company, Cenex/Land O Lakes, Hubbard Milling and Ralston Purina. Prior to joining Kemin, Dave served as an assistant professor at Bemidji State University and owned a consulting company focused on market analyses for the agriculture industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Science in animal science from California State Polytechnic University.

Dr. James W. Kessler will serve as the poultry senior technical services manager. Previously, he spent ten years as the executive director of the Poultry Science Association. Kessler has held key positions in the poultry industry for Alpharma Inc., SmithKline Beckman Corporation, Nutrius, Inc. and Ralston Purina Company. He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in nutrition/biochemistry from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Ohio State University. Kessler is the author of an extensive list of publications in professional journals and the popular press.

About Kemin – Inspired Molecular Solutions™

Founded in 1961, Kemin Industries ( is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of providing “inspired molecular solutions” specifically developed to provide nutrition and health benefits for humans and animals. Kemin distributes approximately 500 specialty ingredients worldwide to the feed and food industries as well as to the health, nutrition and beauty markets. Kemin ingredients positively impact more than 1.4 billion people a day.

A global, privately-held corporation headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa (USA), Kemin has experienced double-digit growth in the last several years. The company has more than 1,400 employees and operates in 60 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

About Kemin AgriFoods North America

Kemin AgriFoods brings value to the feed industry by working in partnership with its customers. With fifty years of collective expertise in animal nutrition, Kemin AgriFoods has developed the TOTAL NUTRITION™ program offering nutritional solutions that contribute to the safe, efficient and healthy production of animal protein. Proven scientific knowledge, reliable technology and personalized service make Kemin the advisor you can count on.