Novus International President and CEO, Thad Simons Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Award Winner in Central Midwest Program

thad-simons.jpgAward Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence

St. Louis, MO, June 3, 2010 – Novus International, Inc., a global leader in animal health and nutrition, announced today that Thad Simons, President and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Bioscience Award in the Central Midwest region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mr. Simons was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at a gala event at the Overland Park Sheraton on June 2, 2010.

Novus International, based in metropolitan St. Louis, is a global leader in creating science-based health and nutrition solutions for the poultry, swine, dairy, beef, aquaculture, companion animal and human markets. “As a visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Simons has a sincere determination to raise the quality of life for people around the world,” stated Ms. Sabrena Hamilton, Vice President, Global Human Resources, Novus International. “Thad is a successful President and CEO whose genuine desire to build a strong organization based on integrity is as inspiring as it is noble”.

Despite economic challenges caused by the global recession, Simons has continued to guide Novus forward, doubling the number of employees from 300 to over 800 globally and achieving sales approaching 1 Billion USD. He has expanded Novus’s innovative product portfolio, established new markets and expanded the business into new geographies. “I am humbled and honored to have received this award,” said Simons. “I am fortunate to have an incredibly talented team whose goal is to provide solutions which positively impact people, animals, business productivity and the environment.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 24th anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

As a Central Midwest award winner, Mr. Simons is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 13, 2010. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.

In the Central Midwest, regional sponsors include Lockton Company and Smart Business magazine. Local sponsors include Faegre & Benson LLP, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP and Common Ground Public Relations.

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About Novus International, Inc.

Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in more than 90 countries around the world. An industry leader in animal nutrition and health, Novus' products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, MINTREX® organic trace minerals, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed ingredient, CIBENZA™ feed additive and many other specialty ingredients. The ARENUS® brand of products (http://www.arenus.com/), part of Novus International, Inc., focuses on developing performance products for the equine and companion animal markets. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information visit www.novusint.com/

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the U.S.

For more information, please contact

Jill Mahoney,

Public Relations, Novus International, Inc.

(email) jill.mahoney@novusint.com

(office) 314.453.7707

(mobile) 314.314.560.5293

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