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NE Nebraska Economic Development District Holds Annual Meeting
Nebraska Ag Connection - 08/09/2019

The Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD) and Northeast Economic Development, Inc. held their annual meeting at the Stables Event Center in Norfolk.

NENEDD Executive Director Thomas Higginbotham Jr. delivered the welcome by congratulating award recipients, and thanking community members, staff and board members for their continued support and dedication toward economic development. It is because of them that in the past year, Northeast Nebraska has benefited from over $8.7 million of grants and loans. Of that $1.1 million was for housing for 20 units, $2.1 million in business loans which created/retained 237 jobs and $5.5 million for community development projects.

The presentation of awards followed, with five awards being presented. The Doug Bereuter Accomplished Community Award recognizes a community who continuously supports community and economic development activities. The Housing Partnership Award recognizes continuous support of community and economic development housing activities. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes individuals for their continuous support and collaboration with NENEDD and its members. The Entrepreneurial Advancement Award recognizes an organization with continuous support of business development.

Albion was awarded the Doug Bereuter Accomplished Community Award. Over the last five years, the city has invested over $7.5 million in vital public infrastructure projects including a new Wastewater Treatment Plant, Water Wells, Street Preservation/Improvements, new Storm Sewers, and continues to plan for public infrastructure projects in the future. Additionally, the city recently hired JEO Consulting Group, Inc., to develop a new 10- to 20-year Comprehensive Plan.

Norfolk Area Habitat for Humanity received the Housing Partnership Award. The Norfolk Area affiliate was organized in 1994 due to the efforts of the mission committee of the First Congregational United Church of Christ who wanted to do mission work in the city. Since 1994, Norfolk Area Habitat for Humanity has constructed a total of 29 homes with the 30th home currently under construction.

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to presented to Richard Uhing, procurement technical assistance consultant (PTAC) for Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC). Uhing was recently employed at NBDC as a PTAC in Northeast Nebraska. During his four years at NBDC, he helped hundreds of small business successfully bid and fulfill government grants and contract opportunities. Uhing has been instrumental in assisting the NENEDD staff as well as many local businesses and contractors with the task of acquiring the required DUNs numbers and System for Award Management registration.

The Entrepreneurial Advancement Award honored Weiland, Inc., and Brehmer Mfg. Inc. Owners Leon and Jean Weiland started this business with son, Carl, and sons-in-law, Jason Ash and Rob Hake, holding operational roles in the business since 2009. Weiland, Inc., often referred to as Weiland Doors, is a Norfolk-based specialty doors and window company that started on the family farm in 1984 and has since expanded to a 60,000 square foot facility in Norfolk. Weiland, Inc., often referred to as Weiland Doors, is a Norfolk-based specialty doors and window company that started on the family farm in 1984 and has since expanded to a 60,000 square foot facility in Norfolk. Their doors and windows are manufactured for harsh environmental conditions, mostly corrosive wash-down environments in sanitary food plants and waste-water facilities. Dedication to innovation, customer service and producing a quality product has Weiland, Inc on target to quadruple sales this year, and has allowed them to increase their staff by 58%.

Brehmer Mfg. Inc. is an established, 45-year-old, Nebraska-based company that offers manufacturing and design services. Rey Brehmer founded the company in 1974, working out of a 1,500 sq. ft. shop located in Oakland employing four production personnel making livestock, agricultural and truck equipment products for customers located throughout the Midwest. In 1983, Brehmer relocated to a 19,855 sq. ft. facility in Lyons, where it began to expand its product offerings. In 1990, the company began fabricating crane equipment, and in 1991 started designing and manufacturing (and later acquired) the Eagle line of tire recycling equipment. Joe Brehmer purchased the business from his father on February 23, 1998.

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