Novozymes, Endicott Clay Named Nebraska Manufacturers Of The Year

Novozymes, Endicott Clay Named Nebraska Manufacturers Of The Year

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:30pm

LINCOLN – Endicott Clay Products of Endicott, along with Novozymes of Blair, have been named Nebraska’s Manufacturers of the Year by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  The companies were honored Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Chamber’s Manufacturing and Distribution Executive Summit held in Lincoln.  Endicott Clay received the award for mid-sized manufacturers, while Novozymes received the award for larger manufacturers. 

The Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year award is sponsored by the State Chamber and RSM, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services to the manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries.  The award has been presented annually since 2008 to Nebraska manufacturers that successfully implement innovative ways of conducting business through the use of new products, processes, technologies and strategies. 

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts presented the awards to representatives of both companies.

  • Endicott Clay:  Headquartered in Endicott, Neb., Endicott Clay Products is a major manufacturer of brick and tile products.  Located six miles southeast of Fairbury, Endicott Clay produces approximately 200,000 tons of product a year, with the capacity to make 100 million bricks annually.  The company manufactures standard bricks, along with thick bricks, pavers and tile.  Endicott Clay’s products are commonly regarded as the finest quality, and set the industry standard for elegance and versatility.  The company has been in business since 1920 and has supplied many projects throughout North America.  Major Nebraska projects have included Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, as well as Valmont Industries headquarters, Midtown Crossing, and TD Ameritrade Park, all in Omaha.  Endicott Clay President & CEO Ryan Parker accepted the award on behalf of the company.
  • Novozymes:  Novozymes has been a world leader in industrial biotechnology since the 1940s.  The company’s Blair, Neb. plant – which began its operation in 2012 – specializes in enzymes for the biofuels industry.  While Novozymes has several facilities in the United States, its Blair plant is the only one dedicated to the biofuel industry.  The plant employs roughly 120 people.  As the world’s largest maker of industrial enzymes and micro-organisms, Novozymes’ biotechnology is used by companies to save energy, water and raw materials in the production of a wide range of products, from laundry detergents, textiles and beer, to biofuels, animal feed and crops.  Last year, Novozymes was ranked No. 1 on Science Magazine’s annual “Top Employers” list.  Kyle Nixon, general manager at Novozymes’ Blair facility, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

“We take great pride in honoring Novozymes and Endicott Clay with this award,” said Barry Kennedy, president of the Nebraska Chamber. “Manufacturing is our state’s second largest industry and a key to Nebraska’s economic growth.  Both of these companies are important innovation leaders in Nebraska’s manufacturing sector.”

Nebraska is home to approximately 1,600 manufacturers, who employ nearly 100,000 Nebraska workers.  Manufacturing contributes $14 billion annually to Nebraska’s total economic output.  The average manufacturing employee in Nebraska earns around $15,000 more annually compared to other private, non-farm sector employees.

The State Chamber is Nebraska’s largest business association and has proudly served as the voice of Nebraska’s business community since 1912.  The Chamber is the manufacturing association for Nebraska.

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Photos:  Endicott Clay, located in rural Jefferson County, and Novozymes, with a major production facility in Blair, are this year’s Nebraska Manufacturers of the Year.  At the Nebraska Chamber’s Oct. 27 Manufacturing Summit in Lincoln, Gov. Pete Ricketts presented the Manufacturer of the Year awards to Endicott Clay’s Ryan Parker (bottom) – as well as Novozymes’ Kyle Nixon (top).  Also pictured is Tony Urban of RSM, along with Smeal Fire Apparatus’ Jeff Scherer (left) and Behlen Manufacturing’s Tony Raimondo (right), both former chairmen of the Nebraska Chamber and current members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.