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Feeding a Growing World: Project Newton

Novus International, Inc., a global leader in animal nutrition solutions, is in the business of – simply put – feeding the world.

As world population grows, so does the demand for innovative solutions to a sustainable food supply. For nearly 30 years, Novus has been a respected industry leader in supporting customer needs in safe and sustainable food production. The company produces ALIMET®, an innovative feed supplement that provides a methionine source for livestock.

Novus through its subsidiary, Newton Manufacturing, is proposing to expand its ALIMET® feed supplement manufacturing capacity in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. ALIMET® feed supplement is FDA approved and provides a methionine source for livestock in the form of a methionine hydroxy analog (methionine). Methionine is a naturally occurring and essential amino acid supplement in poultry, swine, cattle and aquaculture diets.

Project Overview

Novus is proposing the construction of a new animal nutrition production facility in Calhoun County, Texas.

The project will be located at the existing INEOS Nitriles property in Calhoun County, Texas. Novus intends to purchase approximately 192 acres within the existing INEOS property to develop Project Newton. Approximately 26 of these 192 acres will be dedicated to the first phase of project development.

Project Status

Permit Applications

Project Newton has filed or will file all required permit applications with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These permits include air and deep well injection permits. During the permitting phase, the regulatory agencies will review the project to ensure operations and emissions are protective of public health, safety and the environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our project fact sheet for the project overview.

What will the facility produce?

The facility would produce a livestock feed ingredient called ALIMET® feed supplement. Novus through its subsidiary, Newton Manufacturing, LLC, is proposing to expand its ALIMET® manufacturing capacity in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. ALIMET® provides a methionine source for livestock in the form of a methionine hydroxy analog. Methionine is a naturally occurring and essential amino acid supplement in poultry, swine, cattle and aquaculture diets.

What is Methionine?

Methionine is a naturally-occurring amino acid feed supplement which is added to livestock and poultry feed. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein.

In poultry, for instance, methionine is the first “limiting amino acid”. This means that without enough methionine in their diet, birds are not able to efficiently convert amino acids to protein, and thus, limits healthy growth.

How big will the facility be?

The facility would produce 120,000 metric tons of ALIMET® annually.

Where will the facility be located?

The project will be located at the existing INEOS Nitriles property in Calhoun County.

How many people will the facility employ?

The project expects to generate about 65 permanent jobs on site, with construction jobs reaching 600 at peak. Novus is committed to hiring locally for these positions whenever possible.

What is the overall timeline?

Project Newton has or will file all required permit applications with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These permits include air and deep well injection permits.

During the permitting phase, the regulatory agencies will review the project to ensure operations and emissions are protective of public health, safety and the environment. Following receipt of required permits, construction would begin (anticipated early 2019). Construction would complete around the end of 2020.

What is the total project investment?

The project represents a $360 million investment in Calhoun County, Texas.

When will construction begin?

Assuming a positive final investment decision is made, construction will begin following receipt of required permits (anticipated 2019).

How long will the facility take to construct?

Construction is expected to take almost two years.

When can the community provide input and ask questions?

The permitting process will provide opportunities for public input. These opportunities will be publicized prior to their occurrence.

Newton Manufacturing LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Novus International, Inc.

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