Today, Gov. Dave Heineman kicked off Nebraska's second Reverse Trade Mission. The Reverse Trade Mission will offer trade representatives and international business leaders the opportunity to see firsthand the benefits of doing business in Nebraska. The theme for the event is "Bringing the World to Nebraska."
The Reverse Trade Mission is aimed at encouraging international companies to explore opportunities for investment in Nebraska. Representatives from 15 countries including Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam will be among those participating.
As part of trade mission efforts, Gov. Heineman was joined by representatives of Evonik Industries, an international specialty chemical company, in announcing its more than $80 million business expansion in Blair. The $80 million investment will expand operations at Blair's Cargill campus and create ten new positions. The company is headquartered in Germany.
"We begin our second Reverse Trade Mission with a focus of bringing international companies like Evonik Industries to Nebraska," said Gov. Heineman. "Nebraska has remained in better economic shape than most states because of our focus on jobs and trade. This is proof that Nebraska's outstanding business climate is internationally recognized. This announcement emphasizes Nebraska's reputation as an outstanding place for biotechnology, research and development, and new technologies that have yet to be discovered."
Tom Bates, North American President of Evonik Industries said, "Evonik is pleased to expand in business-friendly Nebraska, a state that invests in the infrastructure to allow for increased productivity and boasts a skilled technology-driven workforce. Governor Heineman and his team have worked unceasingly to promote Nebraska's attributes including an excellent quality of life, a low cost of living and its well-known reputation for biotechnology."
Evonik Industries' Blair site converts a corn byproduct into an amino acid that is added to animal and livestock feed. This formulation of amino acids and animal feed delivers nutrients that poultry and pigs need. Evonik Industries is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Its activities focus on health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization.