USDA officials tour Novozymes' enzyme facility in Blair, Neb.

By Holly Jessen | September 13, 2013

Doug O’Brien, USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, visited Novozymes’ enzyme manufacturing facility in Blair, Neb., on Sept. 12. O’Brien went on the tour following his keynote address at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo, held Sept. 10-12 in Omaha, Neb.

Also on the tour of the Novozymes facility were various members of Novozymes plant management, Jim Realph, Mayor of Blair, Neb., and Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development Director for Nebraska.

The facility, which opened in May 2012, is one of two enzyme manufacturing plants operated by Novozymes. The Blair plant is a dedicated biofuel enzyme production plant, for both conventional and advanced biofuels. The Blair facility employs 100 people, while Novozymes employs 6,200 globally, the company said. About a year ago, the company announced a joint agreement to market, demonstrate and guarantee cellulosic ethanol biofuels solutions.