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Thursday, September 13 2018

Columbus, NE — Earlier this month, Governor Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic, LLC’s new $50 million bio-based ethyl acetate production facility. Prairie Catalytic, a subsidiary of Greenyug, LLC, is a leading manufacturer of renewable chemicals. The new facility will produce ethyl-acetate — a chemical found in dozens of common household products — by way of a proprietary manufacturing process that utilizes ethanol produced from Nebraska corn.

“Value-added agriculture is one of the best ways we can grow Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts. “We are not only the nation’s third-largest corn producer, but also the second-largest producer of ethanol. With this new facility, Prairie Catalytic is leveraging Nebraska’s quality ag resources, our world-class business climate, and our welcoming communities to produce an innovative product that will reshape the industry.”

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Wednesday, October 25 2017
BD Breaks Ground on $60 Million Expansion of Nebraska Manufacturing Facility

Photo caption: BD broke ground on the $60 million expansion of its Columbus-East facility. Pictured from left to right are: Columbus City Councilman John Lohr, BD Columbus-West Plant Manager Duane Ostdiek, BD Chief Supply Chain Officer Jim Borzi, Governor Pete Ricketts, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, BD Columbus-East Plant Manager Bill Campbell and BD Plastic Injection Molding Manufacturing Plant Manager Laurie Reagan.

Company Also Celebrates 50 Years of Cannula Production in Columbus

Columbus, NE — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, was joined by Governor Pete Ricketts and other state and local leaders to break ground on a $60 million upgrade of its Columbus-East facility.

The 69,000 sq. ft. expansion will transform the Columbus-East facility into the flagship plastic injection molding manufacturing facility for BD, and it will become one of the largest and most sophisticated plastic molding plants in the world. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

“This is an exciting day for growing the community of Columbus and the State of Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts.  “BD’s $60 million expansion at their Columbus-East facility is another example of how the industry’s faith in our state can help create new opportunities in our communities.

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Wednesday, May 17 2017

Blair, NE — Less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America. The company’s new $36 million investment in the facility, which produces enzymes for renewable fuels, will increase the plant’s capacity to meet growing needs within the bioscience industry and global biofuels market. Novozymes’ expansion efforts support the company’s long-term commitment to the production of enzymes for the biofuels industry, a segment within the larger bioscience industry.

“Nebraska’s biofuels industry has been a focus for my administration on trade missions because of the international investment we’ve seen here in Nebraska,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “Meeting face-to-face with Novozymes’ CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen, not only allowed us to thank him for doing business in our state, but also allowed us to make the case for additional investment in Nebraska. Novozymes’ recent investment in Blair is an example of the importance of trade missions and how this evolving industry is helping grow Nebraska.”

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Wednesday, May 10 2017

Columbus, NE -- Cargill celebrated the opening of its new cooked meats facility in Columbus, Neb., marking the completion of a project that began in late 2015. The $111-million project expanded the facility 52,000 square feet – from 108,000 square feet to 160,000 – and converted a fresh ground beef plant to a cooked meats operation, making it a new addition to the company’s portfolio. Employment at the plant will increase from 240 to around 460 due to the conversion.

“The newest and best equipment and technologies to produce cooked ground beef, sausage, hot dogs and other products have been incorporated into our Columbus facility, underscoring our commitment to invest in, and grow, our protein business by better meeting our customer’s needs and expectations,” said Brian Sikes, corporate vice president for Wichita-based Cargill told a reporter from Meat + Poultry. “We take a great deal of pride in knowing this facility, located in America’s heartland, will help us achieve our goal to nourish people in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”

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Monday, May 01 2017
Biotech Company Evolva Coming to Cargill Campus in Blair

Blair, NE — The State of Nebraska and the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership are cheering another successful attraction effort, a multi-million-dollar endorsement of the region’s economic amenities. International biotech company Evolva has announced plans to grow its global operation in collaboration with Cargill’s campus in Blair, Neb.
The Switzerland-based company develops high-value specialty ingredients, including stevia, nootkatone and resveratrol. It is the latest to join a cluster of major producers, including Novozymes, Evonik, Corbion and NatureWorks, with a presence on the Cargill campus.
“Once again, collaboration was the key – Gateway Development Corporation working closely with our economic development partners and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Cargill and the City of Blair to promote the benefits of our region and the Cargill campus.

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Lincoln, NE -- The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $64,500 in 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) second round open cycle Planning Category funding to seven communities for ongoing planning efforts.

The grants are part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are administered by DED.

The villages of Ewing, Brunswick, Oakdale, Orchard, and Page were each awarded $5,250 to complete housing studies.

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Friday, April 08 2016

York, NE -- York County Development Corporation is pleased to announce Pellet Technology USA will be building their first production facility on North Division Ave. in York, Nebraska.  The company will be making a multi-million dollar investment and creating 38 new jobs at start-up. An additional economic impact will be the company’s purchase of excess corn stover for use in the manufacturing of high quality animal feed.  Corn stover bales will come mainly from a 50 mile radius of York, providing an additional cash crop for our area corn farmers.

Pellet Technology USA is a Nebraska based agricultural manufacturing company. The company’s innovative processing of agricultural residues produces consistent, safe and high-quality animal feed.

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Tuesday, January 05 2016

Grand Island, NE -- Part of the Layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics will expand its hatchery operation to Grand Island, Nebraska in Spring 2016. This expansion, along with fully operating hatcheries in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and in Blackstone, Virginia, demonstrates the commitment of Hendrix-ISA in serving the US-market with premium quality, day-old, cage free, egg laying chicks (layer chicks).

"After a thorough exploration phase and an investigation of multiple locations and possibilities, we have chosen Grand Island, Nebraska for our company's expansion," Peter Mumm, Managing Director of Hendrix-ISA LLC says. "The minute we stepped off of the plane in Grand Island we were impressed with the community. The community's readily available infrastructure, progressive growth, both industrial and commercial, and people all contributed to our decision to make Grand Island the future home of our expansion."

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Thursday, December 17 2015
Governor Ricketts Appoints Economic Development Director

Lincoln, NE -- Governor Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Courtney Dentlinger as the next Director of the Department of Economic Development (DED).

“During the search for the next economic development director, we looked for someone with the ability to market Nebraska both nationally and globally, and Courtney is that person,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.  “Courtney will do an outstanding job working with our regional and statewide partners.  She understands Nebraska, and will endeavor tirelessly to recruit the businesses and investment we need to continue to grow good-paying jobs in our state for the next generation.”

Dentlinger, of Norfolk, currently works as the Executive Director of the Norfolk Area Economic Development Council.  In this position, she has built the new economic development department for the City of Norfolk from the ground up.

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Friday, November 13 2015

Lincoln, NE -- Nebraska has been named one of America’s ten most business-friendly states for 2015 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., a national leader in corporate site selection based in Chicago. The ranking is based on independent research conducted by Pollina. Nebraska ranked second behind Utah. It moved up a spot from its last Pollina ranking. States rounding out the top ten were Indiana, Virginia, Kansas, North Dakota, North Carolina, Wyoming, Missouri and Michigan.

“If you’re a corporate executive who has never considered Nebraska as a possible location, then you should probably add Nebraska to your list of possibilities. Governor Ricketts, with the support of the legislature ‘gets it,’ and they are working hard and smart to develop an economy that will work to the benefit of all its corporate partners and Nebraskans alike,” said Brent A. Pollina, President of Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc., and author of the study. “We are pleased that we continue to earn high rankings from the prestigious Pollina organization, which indicates that we’re doing what it takes to contend with other states and countries in the fast-paced business of global business attraction and expansion,” said Eric Zeece, Acting Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

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Friday, October 23 2015

This week, Forbes magazine ranked Nebraska No. 3 in its annual “Best States for Business” study.  Forbes reports, “Nebraska is one of the biggest movers among the top states.  It ranks third, up from No. 7 last year (its previous high-water mark was sixth in 2012 and 2013).  The state’s climb in our ranking is due in part to the addition of two new factors in our regulatory score: fiscal health and legal climate.”  The Forbes’ study considered 40 points of data to determine competitiveness over six main areas: business costs; labor supply and union influence; regulations and legal climate; economic climate; growth prospects; and quality of life.  In the area of business costs — which includes labor, energy and taxes — Nebraska was ranked ninth, aided by the state’s business incentives.

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Monday, February 09 2015
BNSF plans $226 million capital program in Nebraska to maintain and expand rail capacity and ensure safe, reliable operations

Fort Worth, TX -- BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced that its 2015 capital program for its operations in Nebraska will be an estimated $226 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance. Unlike other modes of freight transportation, U.S. railroads own and maintain their own networks. To ensure BNSF’s network operates at optimal efficiency, each year the company allocates capital for infrastructure and expansion projects that will enable it to serve the growing needs of customers from a broad cross section of the economy.

 “This year’s substantial investments in Nebraska are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely – for our people and the communities in which we operate,” said Janssen Thompson, BNSF general manager operations Nebraska Division. “We know our customers are competing in a fast-paced, global economy where a smooth, efficient supply chain can be the difference between winning and losing in the marketplace. This year’s planned expansion and maintenance projects will help give BNSF the capacity flexibility it needs to support our customers’ growing demands and connect Nebraska products to key markets.”

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