In Nebraska, Raimondo-led Behlen Manufacturing on the Rebound

By November 3, 2010Miscellaneous

A nice story to cross our screen at 2 a.m., the Lincoln Journal-Star profiling Tony Raimondo, a longtime member of the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. From “Tony Raimondo: Opportunity creates jobs“:

Behlen, this Nebraska manufacturing success story he helped save and rewrite, is working its way back from a punishing recession.

“We’ve been on a roller coaster,” he says.

A work force that once numbered 1,100 is 850 today. The reduction includes 180 employees who were shed when Behlen sold one of its companies a month before the recession took hold.

“I can’t tell you how hard it is to run a company in a recession,” Raimondo says. “But my sons kept it in the black.

“And my gut tells me this is beginning to solidify now.”

Behlen Mfg. Co. is a metal fabricator of livestock equipment, metal buildings and grain bins.

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