Kansas Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, mentioned a manufacturing company during his State of the State address on Jan. 14, part of his brief overview of the state’s economic successes in the past year.
In September, a successful and nationally-known retailer, headquartered in Kearney, announced
an expansion of its distribution center using funding from Nebraska’s Community Development
Block Grant program. That same program is helping the communities of Aurora, Kearney, and
South Sioux City develop new industrial power park sites for future economic growth. Last
April, two central Nebraska companies announced a partnership that created 25 new jobs in
Central City producing custom made cabinets that had previously been manufactured in China.
Working with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, we used funding from Nebraska’s Worker Training program to build a wind tower training facility that will help prepare our workers for the future growth of Nebraska’s wind energy sector.
And that was pretty much it, manufacturing wise.
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