Hydrocolloids leader, CP Kelco, announced this week it has retained Nofsinger Inc. Process Division of Burns & McDonnell to develop plant expansion options for its manufacturing facility located in Okmulgee, OK. The Okmulgee plant, which occupies 22 acres, is, according to the company, the largest biogum facility in the world. Nofsinger Inc., a Burns & McDonnell engineering company located in Kansas City, MO, engineered the previous plant expansions at Kelco's facilities in Okmulgee, OK and San Diego, CA. CP Kelco ApS was formed in 2000 by the combination of the Copenhagen Pectin/ Food Gums Division of Hercules Incorporated and the Kelco Biopolymers business of Monsanto Company. CP Kelco is a leader in the thickeners and stabilisers market, with leading positions in xanthan gum and pectin and a strong position in carrageenan. CP Kelco's principal share-holders are Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners II L.P. and Hercules Incorporated.