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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.

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.

7) How many people will the facility employ?

The project expects to generate around 65 permanent jobs on site. During peak construction, job count will reach 600. Novus is committed to hiring locally for these positions when possible.

8) What is the overall timeline?

Site preparation work has begun; however, construction and operations are dependent on the receipt of environmental permits and a final investment decision. Novus is working with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to file the required permit applications. 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. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019 following receipt of required permits and should be complete near the end of 2020.

9) What is the total project investment?

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

10) When can the community provide input and ask questions?

The permitting process provides opportunities for public input. These opportunities are publicized prior to their occurrence.

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

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