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Gov. Ricketts Highlights Manufacturing Day in Nebraska

Tour underscores the significance of Nebraska’s second largest industry

KIMBALL – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts is traveling the state to highlight Manufacturing Day and to celebrate Nebraska’s second largest industry.  The statewide tour includes Nucor Steel in Norfolk, Sargent Pipe Company in Broken Bow, and Risk Industries in Kimball.  The Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce and industry leaders are joining the Governor at each stop. 

“As Nebraska’s second largest industry, manufacturing provides almost 100,000 quality jobs to people all across our state,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.  “To Grow Nebraska, we must continue to grow manufacturing by making our tax system more competitive, connecting manufacturers with talent pipelines, cutting red tape, and recruiting additional operations to our state.”

During his stop at NUCOR Steel in Norfolk, the Governor signed a proclamation to declare October 2, 2015 as Manufacturing Day in Nebraska.  A photo from the proclamation signing ceremony in Norfolk is attached.

“Numerous high paying jobs are provided by the manufacturing sector, allowing our children to have the opportunity to remain in our state as opposed to finding jobs elsewhere,” said NUCOR Steel General Manager Dirk Petersen.  “A strong manufacturing base not only generates manufacturing jobs, but also provides jobs in support functions such as trucking, energy, the service industry, and other sectors of the economy.”

Nebraska is home to over 1,900 manufacturers who employ almost 100,000 workers in our state.  Manufacturing contributes nearly $14 billion annually in Nebraska’s total economic output, compared to just over $8 billion a decade ago.

“There are over 1900 manufacturing establishments in Nebraska and manufacturing is the state's second largest industry,” said Chris Roth, CEO of Deshler’s Reinke Mfg. and Immediate Past Chair of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  “They can be found all across Nebraska in all kinds of different sizes and industries.  Manufacturing jobs pay well too with an average annual compensation of almost $50,000.  It is a great time to be in manufacturing in Nebraska.”


In recent years, the State Chamber and RSM McGladrey – a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services to the manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries – have partnered to name the Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year.  The award is presented annually to Nebraska manufacturers that successfully implement innovative ways of conducting business through the use of products, processes, technologies, and strategies. 

In 2015, Lozier Corporation of Omaha and Sargent Pipe Company of Broken Bow were named Nebraska Manufacturers of the Year.  Sargent Pipe received the award for small-sized manufacturers, while Lozier received the award for large manufacturers.  The companies were honored September 2 at the Nebraska Chamber’s Manufacturers & Distribution Executive Summit, held in Omaha at the CenturyLink Center.  Governor Pete Ricketts presented the awards to representatives of both companies.

In previous years, Nebraska Manufacturers of the Year awards have been given to Hornady Manufacturing of Grand Island, Lincoln Industries of Lincoln, Smeal Fire Apparatus of Snyder, NUCOR Steel of Norfolk, Chief Industries of Grand Island, Orthman Manufacturing of Lexington, Snyder Industries, Inc. of Lincoln, Majors Plastics, Inc. of Omaha, Behlen Mfg. Co. of Columbus, and Reinke Manufacturing Co. of Deshler.

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