There is a quote by Irving Berlin that Jim Herbert keeps visible in his office at Neogen Corporation: “The toughest thing about success is you’ve got to keep on being successful.” That quote serves as a daily reminder for Herbert, that success is not something that can ever be taken for granted.
Herbert, who has served as CEO of Neogen since its founding in 1982 shared the firm’s corporate success story before a crowd of 400 at the March Economic Club luncheon.
The Neogen success story is familiar to many in the Greater Lansing region. Founded in 1982, Neogen has grown to more than 750 employees in multiple U.S. and international locations, and a worldwide presence. Neogen develops, manufactures and markets a diverse line of products dedicated to food and animal safety.
Neogen’s diagnostic products are sold in 110 countries, Herbert said that 350 of the company’s 750 employees are based in Lansing where the firm has always
maintained its headquarters. Though 42 percent of Neogen’s revenue comes from overseas sales, Herbert told the Economic Club crowd that most of those products are made in Lansing.
“We export products, not jobs,” Herbert proudly noted.
In recognition of its success, Neogen has been repeatedly named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the Best Small Companies in America, and was chosen by the NASDAQ National Market to be included in its top tier of listed companies, the Global Select Market.