Novus Awarded Highest OSHA Honor

Jamie Johansen

The Little Rock feed supplement production plant operated by Novus International, Inc. was recognized for exceptional health and safety management with a special ceremony on April 13, 2017. The Novus facility was presented with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program’s highest honor, the VPP Star Certification.

“This is something we’ve been working toward for years,” said Jeff Klopfenstein, president of the Novus methionine business unit. “As a company, we strive to set the standards for solutions, service, and sustainability, and safety is an integral part of sustainability.”

Novus marked the accomplishment with a celebratory lunch followed by a ceremonial raising of the VPP Star flag at the site. Employees, community and government officials, and the executive leadership of Novus International were in attendance, including Novus’s president and CEO François Fraudeau and Little Rock Executive Plant Manager John Farmer.

“We are proud to be accepting this honor from OSHA. Our industry is not mandated to uphold the standards in this program, but we believe it is simply the right thing to do for our employees and our community. We hope to set an example for other companies to join us in VPP and promote safety as well,” said Farmer.

The Little Rock facility has been in production since 2006 and employs about 40 workers. Novus’s MHA® and MFP® feed supplements, as well as MINTREX® chelated trace minerals, are manufactured in Little Rock.

Agribusiness, Feed, Livestock, Novus International, Nutrition