In 2015, Novus acquired an intermediate material manufacturing facility from Dow Chemical. This site is now fully integrated into the Novus system and integral to the manufacturing of ALIMET® feed supplement. Our expansion project, which is on schedule for completion in 2020, will include the construction of a new production facility in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.
In 2016, a pilot projec to reduce the impact of shipping one of Novus's enzyme products, CIBENZA® DP100 enzyme feed additive, was implemented and completed. The environmental impact of shipping that product to one key region was reduced by over 38 percent. Approximately 48 metric tons (MT) of CO2 emissions were saved since the project’s outset, 33 tons in 2016 alone. Novus plans to expand this process to shipments of this product to additional regional warehouses, further magnifying the impact. In addition, a larger supply chain optimization study will be chartered in 2017 to review opportunities for other financial and environmental improvements.
A project was chartered in 2016 to expand Novus’s fleet of railcars to replace the traditional trucks being used to ship ALIMET® feed supplement from the Chocolate Bayou, Texas facility to the Little Rock, Arkansas facility to be used in the manufacturing of MHA® and MFP® feed supplements and MINTREX® trace minerals. In just one year, the CO2 emissions associated with this shipping route were reduced by 40 percent (almost 1,000 metric tons), delivering substantial financial savings along the way.
Novus altered its bulk-product delivery procedures to prevent spreading of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) along with other diseases, and has implemented a 5-step set of guidelines for ensuring the safety, biosecurity and sustainability of Novus’s customers for years to come.
An online-based computer software program was chosen to report manufacturing plant environmental sustainability data. In 2016, the tool was developed and began a training schedule for rollout to Novus’s seven manufacturing facilities in 2017, allowing more streamlined use of the reported data for trend analysis, impact assessments and developing action plans.
All of Novus’s products are designed to deliver an economic advantage to feed and animal producers.