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Valent BioSciences Hires Mike Daily to Manage New Production Facility


Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC) announced it has hired Mike Daily as plant manager for its new state-of-the art biorational production facility in Osage, IA. The $150 million plant is slated to begin operations in mid-2014.

VBC is the leader in developing and commercializing biorational products in 95 countries around the world. Biorationals are products typically derived from biological origins that are highly specific in their activity while providing economic, health, and/or environmental benefits. These products include microbial insecticides, fungicides and nematicides, as well as plant growth regulators used in production agriculture and managing stress in crops.

“We're pleased to have Mike join VBC and welcome his experience and expertise in assembling a world-class manufacturing team,” said Tom Green, VBC's vice president of global supply chain and manufacturing. “Our best-in-class products begin with the people that ensure quality in manufacturing, and Mike's leadership in that area will be crucial to meeting the needs of our customers and our company's future growth.”

Daily holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and a master of business administration degree in global management. In addition to his most recent role as plant manager for an energy firm, he has also held a number of key technical, production, and process engineering positions over a 16-year career in biological manufacturing.

Construction for VBC's new 130,000 square-foot facility remains ahead of schedule. The utilities building has been finished and steel for the plant superstructure is nearly complete. A critical component in a long-term economic development plan for Mitchell County and the state of Iowa, the VBC manufacturing facility will be the first-ever plant designed and dedicated entirely to the manufacturing of biorationals.

The majority of hiring for Osage will begin in late 2013. Individuals with an early interest in employment opportunities are encouraged to visit where regularly updated opportunity announcements will be posted.

About Valent BioSciences Corporation

About Valent BioSciences Corporation: Headquartered in Libertyville, IL, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Company and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company's website at

Valent BioSciences Corporation
Barbara Wendling, 847-968-4793

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