Gov. John Carney, Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and other officials and dignitaries joined US NewGenzyme President and CEO Gaofeng Liu and members of Global Delaware at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the company’s Newport facility.

US NewGenzyme, a subsidiary of Chinese food ingredient and flour additive company Southern New Well Food Co., uses a fermentation process to manufacture an all-natural bio-enzyme used to improve flour products. The enzyme will be sold directly to large baking ingredient companies and directly to large bakeries and flour mills in the U.S. and abroad. The product will help to replace chemical bleaching agents, which have been banned in China and several European countries. The U.S. market also has seen a decrease in the use of chemical bleaching agents and an increased demand for safer alternatives.

Once the plant is running at full capacity, US NewGenzyme will employ between five and ten people, said U.S. NewGenzyme Business Manager Mike Tian. Many of the positions will be manufacturing jobs, but the plant will also require science and engineering professionals for quality assurance and plant management.