What better way to celebrate the importance of manufacturing on the nation’s economy than cutting a ribbon for a manufacturing company expansion? (is a question mark the correct punctuation here?)
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, representatives from the Nebraska Department of
Economic Development (DED), Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, Burt County Economic Development, and city of Lyons public officials joined Brehmer Manufacturing to commemorate the completion of the company’s latest expansion project.
“We are so excited to be here today to help do this ribbon cutting at Brehmer because it represents the investment here in our state that is creating more jobs,” said Governor Ricketts. “and to celebrate Manufacturing Day because it is manufacturers like Brehmer that are helping us create those jobs and helping us grow our state.”
The nearly $900,000 project included 14,4000 square feet of new manufacturing space, warehouse relocation, road and utility improvements and the acquisition of additional equipment. Funding for the project included Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds through DED, a loan provided through First National Bank Northeast of Lyons and company funds.
“We have a lot of great projects going on in this company,” said President / CEO Joe
Brehmer. “We developed several new products this past year including hydraulic fitness equipment, a pontoon guidance system, and our own line of hog feeding equipment. I want to thank everyone … especially our great group of employees, our bank and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development … and all of those who helped to make our growth possible.”
Brehmer Manufacturing began Oakland, Nebraska in 1974 and has been located in Lyons since 1983. Joe Brehmer purchased the company from his father, Rey, in 1998 and the company has grown to over fifty employees shipping products to twenty-seven countries on five continents. Brehmer has positioned itself in diverse, niche markets associated with agriculture, livestock, and tire recycling equipment. It’s current business units are comprised of fertilizer tender boxes, tire recycling equipment (Eagle International brand), swine equipment (feeders, penning, waterers), truck equipment (grain boxes, frame alterations, axles), used truck sales and custom manufacturing.
“It is a pleasure to be able to celebrate Brehmer Manufacturing’s latest expansion,” said Patty Plugge, Executive Director of Burt County Economic Development, “with their innovation and local workforce, we look forward to continued growth.”
Brehmer Manufacturing is an electrical customer of the city of Lyons, an NPPD wholesale customer.