BLAIR – Governor Pete Ricketts and other leaders from Nebraska were on hand in Blair on Tuesday morning as Novozymes made a big expansion announcement.
The company announced they have selected their Blair site for continued development and a $36 million investment in the facility. Governor Ricketts said the announcement is more good news for Nebraska and shows the state is open for business in a growing and changing field.
“This is their most recent expansion in North America and it really speaks to the great workforce we have here in Nebraska, the great regulatory environment because we’re easy to do business with and the international engagement.”
Novozymes, which produces enzymes for renewable fuels such as ethanol and other services for the bioscience industry, has been operating a state-of-the-art facility in Blair for nearly five years. Governor Ricketts notes the continued effort by the state to attract and maintain existing business relationships across borders.
“I was in Denmark in 2015 meeting with the CEO of Novozymes (Peder Holk Nielsen) and asking for their business. It demonstrates the importance of the state being engaged in the global economy as well.”
The company has hired more than 100 area contractors to ramp up work at the facility. It currently employs 115 people at its Blair facility.