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Governor’s Office Update: Gov. Ricketts’ Trade Successes Grow Nebraska


Japan Trade Mission Leads to New Kawasaki Aerostructures Line in Lincoln


Left: Gov. Ricketts at Kawasaki’s offices in Tokyo, Japan in 2015.

Right: Gov. Ricketts at the grand opening for Kawasaki’s new aerostructures line in Lincoln in 2017.


In 2015, Governor Pete Ricketts met with Kawasaki leadership in Japan during his first trade mission to Asia.  Following the trade mission, Kawasaki announced their intention to locate its first U.S. aerostructures production line in Lincoln.  Kawasaki credits the Governor’s visit with playing a part in bringing this $12.5 million facility to Nebraska.  Details on Kawasaki’s expansion can be found by clicking here.


Denmark Meeting Results in $36 Million Expansion by Novozymes in Blair


Left: Gov. Ricketts at Novozymes’ headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2015.

Right: Gov. Ricketts attends grand opening for Novozymes’ expansion in Blair in 2017.


In 2015, Governor Ricketts visited Novozymes’ headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark to meet with senior executives, strengthen Nebraska’s relationship with the company, and encourage further investment in the state.  While there, the Governor pitched Nebraska’s unique characteristics as an ideal location for the company’s continued investment.  Last month, Novozymes announced a new $36 million expansion of its facilities in Blair, Nebraska.  Details can be found by clicking here.


Trade Missions Supported Reopening China to Nebraska Beef


Left: Gov. Ricketts visits the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing to urge the reopening of the beef trade in 2015.

Right: Gov. Ricketts visits Greater Omaha Packing (GOP) to load GOP’s first shipment of beef to China since 2003.


Over the last two years, Governor Ricketts has strongly advocated to reopen China to American beef.  In November 2016, the Governor led a trade mission to China to share the story of Nebraska beef with potential customers in anticipation of the market re-opening.  In 2015, the Governor visited Beijing to urge the Chinese government to reopen the Chinese market to American beef.


Last year, the Governor visited with then candidate Donald J. Trump about the importance of the Chinese beef market to Nebraska.  The President subsequently pledged to make reopening the market a priority for his administration.  In May 2017, the Trump Administration and Chinese officials struck a deal that will allow American beef into China.


Last week, the Governor visited Greater Omaha Packing (GOP) to load the first shipment of GOP beef from Nebraska to China since the market closed in 2003.  At the time of closure Chinese beef imports were $64 million, which has since grown to $2.5 billion in 2016.  As the nation’s leader in commercial red meat production and the number one exporter of U.S. beef, Nebraska agriculture stands to benefit greatly from the opening of this marketplace.  Read more about the reopening of the Chinese market to American beef by clicking here.