Liberation Labs Establishes Biomanufacturing Facility in Richmond, Indiana

Precision fermentation manufacturer Liberation Labs plans to build its first commercial-scale biomanufacturing facility in Richmond, Indiana. The $115 million project is expected to create 45 jobs.

The Company will construct a new facility on 36 acres in the Midwest Industrial Park. The investment will help meet the demand for alternative proteins and increase their availability and cost-effectiveness for existing major food brands and the growing network of food tech innovators. Full commercial production is planned for late 2024.

“The three things a biofactory like ours needs are sugar, energy and people, and Richmond, Indiana has them all,” said Mark Warner, co-founder and CEO of Liberation Labs. “While sugar and electricity are commodities, skilled manufacturing workers are not, which is why Richmond really stands out. We are grateful for the support the state and local community have given us, and we can’t wait to break ground.”

Based on the company’s job creation plans, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has committed an investment in Liberation Labs of up to $780,000 in incentive-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in educational grants. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired and trained. Wayne County will consider additional incentives upon request from Wayne County Economic Development Corporation.

“Next-generation technology is critical to the future food security of people around the world, and I’m proud that Indiana is leading the way,” noted Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. “We are excited to welcome Liberation Labs to our growing agrobiosciences ecosystem. Liberation Labs will continue to enable companies to innovate while creating high-paying, quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”

According to Liberation Labs, its unique precision fermentation facilities are engineered to enable cost-effective, high-yield production of novel proteins and accelerate consumer acceptance of healthy food alternatives. The company aims to build a network of purpose-built facilities to cover 80 percent or more of the alternative protein market and provide a global solution to usher in a new era of food accessibility and sustainability.