State and local officials, including Governor Pete Ricketts recently helped Allmand, Inc. and the city of Holdrege celebrate the groundbreaking of their latest expansion. The project, expected to be completed this year, will facilitate an increase in production capacity, innovation, and speed to market. It includes five new assembly lines, a prototyping lab, a new paint system and robotic weld cells, and enhanced technological infrastructure. The expansion will create around 20 jobs.
“Allmand has been creating high-quality manufacturing jobs and contributing to the Nebraska economy for over eight decades,” said Gov. Ricketts. “This expansion will help the company spur additional growth, creating even more great job opportunities for families in Holdrege.”
“Briggs & Stratton could have invested elsewhere since they have excess capacity at plants in other states,” said Ron Tillery, executive director of Phelps County Development Corporation. “Over the course of about two years we were able to address a variety of issues that provided the company with confidence that Holdrege was the best place for this investment.”
Allmand designs and manufactures portable jobsite equipment including light towers, generators, compressors, heaters, and portable lights. The company began in Huntley, Nebraska in 1938 and has been based in Holdrege since 1948. It was acquired by the Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation in 2014, and continues to strengthen its Nebraska roots with new growth.
“We’re pleased to see a great Nebraska company continue to succeed and grow our state’s manufacturing sector,” said DED Director Dave Rippe. “We also appreciate the partnerships that went into supporting Allmand’s expansion. But it’s really our state’s talented workforce that makes events like today possible. Our congratulations go out to Allmand, as well as the people of Holdrege, for today’s achievement.”
Allmand is served electrically by the city of Holdrege, a wholesale partner of NPPD.