Five years after dedicating a new enzyme manufacturing site in Blair, Nebraska, we are celebrating once again

May 30 marks the anniversary of the start of plant operations and just a few weeks later the plant will complete its first major expansion.

The occasion was marked by a press conference with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and nearly 50 local business and community leaders.

Thanks to continued growth in the U.S. biofuels industry and strong sales of Novozymes’ newest enzyme technology, we decided to expand production capacity by making a $36 million investment in its Blair facility. Construction with 120 workers has been underway for several months and will be complete in June.

“I am extremely happy and proud about this expansion in Blair. Our employees are excited about the impact that we can continue to make at Novozymes, and we want to continue to be the place that Novozymes considers for expansions in the future as well. I am thankful to all of the companies on the campus here in Blair, especially Cargill for their support and their partnership. Lastly, I am happy that we can continue to grow our economy here in Nebraska and am thankful for all of the support from Governor Ricketts for our industry,” said Kyle Nixon, General Manager of Novozymes’ Blair facility.

Over the past five years, U.S. ethanol production has grown from 13.2 billion gallons in 2012 to 15.3 billion gallons in 2016. Two main drivers of this growth were the expansion of fuel exports and the return of more stability in the country’s only current policy affecting climate – the Renewable Fuel Standard.

More details from the Office of Governor Ricketts here.