Due to the expansion of the Novozymes’ biotech facility along the Missouri River, the city of Blair was approved a $1.5 million federal grant for water system improvement


LINCOLN, Nebraska — The City of Blair will get a $1.5 million federal grant to assist with the $300 million expansion of Novozymes’ biotechnology complex beside the Missouri River.

Tuesday, the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the award, which will be used to build a larger water main to the expanded plant. Blair will contribute $2 million to match the funding.

Danish-based Novozymes has been in Blair for a decade and is part of a bigger Cargill-operated site. The ongoing expansion will permit the manufacture of plant-based proteins.

Novozymes currently employs 145 individuals in a facility that supplies enzymes used in the synthesis of ethanol at over 100 plants.

According to the business, the Blair facility is the largest enzyme manufacturing plant dedicated to biofuels in the world.

Blair’s director of public works, Al Schoemaker, stated that the water main project will be put out to bid later this fall, and construction will be completed by the end of next year.

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