Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our project fact sheet for the project overview.
1) Who is Novus and what is Project Newton?
Novus International is an animal health and nutrition company based in St. Charles, Missouri. Novus helps livestock and poultry producers balance diets to be the most productive, allowing them to raise the safest and most reliable sources of food on the planet. Novus, through Project Newton, is proposing to expand its ALIMET® feed supplement manufacturing capacity in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.
2) What will the facility produce?
The facility would produce a livestock feed ingredient called ALIMET®.
3) How long has ALIMET® been a feed supplement?
ALIMET® feed supplement is an FDA approved feed ingredient and has been on the market and used in poultry diets since 1979.
4) What is Methionine?
ALIMET® provides a methionine source for livestock in the form of a methionine hydroxy analogue. Methionine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is supplemented in poultry, swine, cattle and aquaculture diets around the world.
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 the diet, birds are not able to efficiently convert amino acids to protein, limiting healthy growth.
5) How big will the facility be?
The facility will have the capacity to produce 120,000 metric tons of ALIMET® annually.
6) Where will the facility be located?
The project will be located within the existing INEOS Nitriles property in Calhoun County.