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French AgTech company Expands US Operations in Lansing Region

JMT US Launches Distribution Out of Port Lansing Warehouse

LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and JMT US, the United States subsidiary of French-based company Janny MT, announced new US operations for the company are to be based in Lansing, Michigan. The company’s decision to distribute from Lansing was largely based on acceleration services accessible through the MI Food Innovation District (MI FID).
“JMT works directly with growers to increase crop value by extending storage time. We wanted to develop our business in Michigan due to the large volume of agriculture production,” said Benoit Janny, Janny MT general manager. “Thanks to LEAP, we were able to make our expansion a reality.”

JMT US provides storage solutions to fruit and vegetable growers designed to greatly extend the shelf life of fresh produce and dry goods. The bins can be used in a variety of applications including fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers. The JMT US storage bin uses innovative technology that leverages cold room storage and controls the oxygen and carbon dioxide naturally inside the bin. As a result, fresh produce quality is maintained for a much longer period of time, reducing spoilage and waste of unsold products. The wider selling window created by the extension of shelf-life benefits growers by allowing for greater profit margins.

LEAP was involved in attracting Janny MT to the Lansing Area, helping them locate initial office space in East Lansing and connecting them to web development, insurance and logistics support providers as part of LEAP’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) landing pad program. JMT US is currently housed in office space managed by T.A. Forsberg off Jolly Road in Meridian Township.

Due to increased sales, JMT US has now commenced distribution operations out of a Port Lansing warehouse and is working to supply several Michigan growers such as the Country Mill Orchard & Cider Mill in Charlotte, with their controlled atmosphere storage containers.

“LEAP worked hard to assist JMT US in building a home in the Lansing area, including helping them connect with the deep knowledge and infrastructure our area offers food-related companies,” said Bob Trezise, president & CEO of LEAP. “The Tri-County Region’s robust agricultural industry expertise, history and operations; coupled with Michigan State University’s related expertise and new Food Processing Innovation Center; promises continued growth for existing and future AgTech and Food Innovation companies.”

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