The animal health sector in Kansas continues to grow in both size and influence. Anchored by Manhattan, Kansas, and Columbia, Missouri, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is the single largest concentration of animal health interests in the world. The region is home to more than 300 animal health companies, accounting for 56 percent of global animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales.
According to Grand View Research, the global animal health market was valued at more than $47 billion in 2019 and shows no signs of slowing down. A significant increase in demand for protein-based foods, growing demand for U.S. products overseas and a strong link to the pharmaceutical industry are expected to drive increased value in the sector.
Our talented workforce and top-tier learning institutions help animal health companies choosing to locate in Kansas capitalize on the industry’s growth.
Merck Animal Health recently announced an investment of $100 million in facility expansion and enhancement efforts in its U.S. manufacturing site in DeSoto, Kansas. Investments to the site include a technological expansion of the vaccine production facility, which will come online in 2020, plus an additional investment of $66 million that will provide for added enhancement capabilities to be realized over the coming years. Scott Bormann, SVP of Merck Animal Health’s North America Commercial Operations said, “Our investment in DeSoto positions us for strong long-term growth and enables us to remain a valued partner to our loyal customers through reliability and responsiveness to their needs.”