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Forsyth Company Named Missouri "Exporter of the Year"

The National Enzyme Company in Forsyth, Missouri, has long been considered the gold standard in the nutrition industry. On Thursday afternoon, that opinion was reinforced by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. KSMU’s Justin Lux attended the press conference and has details.

As the oldest enzyme company in North America and a leader in nutritional enzyme technology, the National Enzyme Company was recognized with the Exporter of the Year Award by the Department of Agriculture.

Charles Amidon, Chief Operating Officer of National Enzyme, says the company’s success begins and ends with its commitment to growing the company globally.

“We started out in a couple of countries and we have rapidly now grown to nearly 50 over the last five years,” Amidon says.

Amidon also says without the employees dedication, National Enzyme would not be the same company.

=“And these people here are proud to come to work. They’re quality associates and I’m really proud to associate with them everyday of my life. I mean these guys are dedicated to quality and getting the job done,” he says.

The winner is selected after the Department of Agriculture sorts through nearly 400 nominated export companies to determine who is making a commitment to exporting and broadening their business horizons.

Department of Agriculture director Dr. Jon Hagler was on hand to present the award and says there was no question of who deserved this prestigious honor this year.

“This year having National Enzyme Company, it was really an obvious choice. You talk about their 80 year history, growing from three to a hundred employees, now nearly in 50 countries and 80% of the market,” he says.

According to the Forsyth-based company’s website, the National Enzyme Company was created in 1932 by Dr. Edward Howell after he theorized that if it’s possible to replace the enzymes lost in the cooking of food, then he could enhance the digestion of nutrients and promote general good health.

For KSMU, Justin Lux.