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Right now, Vekharia’s position within BlueOrb and Lacgene is a busy one: He’s supporting the company as BlueOrb’s founder and CEO in the States; meanwhile, Lacgene continues to support BlueOrb’s development with their staff and company resources. Vekharia’s always been a pioneer within Lacgene, though: Lacgene was originally trying to expand in Canada when Vekharia encountered the company, but it didn’t work out. It worked out for Vekharia, however: Lacgene offered him a partnership and CEO position for his help expanding Lacgene in the US, which would be a platform for the company to do business globally. And with Vekharia’s 28 years of experience in several industries—plus his own history of running a business—he was up for the challenge.
When it came to finding a headquarters location for the new subsidiary, Vekharia says that there were quite a
few options. BlueOrb decided to participate in SelectUSA, a US government-wide program aimed at attracting international businesses and investment to the US. For Vekharia, it was an invaluable way to explore the country’s regions and find the right partnership that would help BlueOrb thrive. Along the way, the subsidiary met with 25 states at the program’s annual summit, identified 12 for a shortlist, and then visited nine. Missouri, Wisconsin, and Texas made the top-three list, thanks to their resources, potential, support and ability to meet BlueOrb’s needs. Wisconsin’s emphasis on organic agriculture was a particular draw.
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