Manufacturers Aid Small Town Development

Financial incentives, economic development incentives, historic attractions, and charming facades—seriously, look at this list of the ten most charming small towns in Nebraska and you’ll perhaps sense the increasing incentives for people to move from the big city out to smaller towns. (We’re ready to pick up and move out to Chadron or Valentine any […]

Celebrate Thanksgiving 2015 Nebraska-Style!

Last year at this time, we posted on how to celebrate Thanksgiving Nebraska-style: Food, alternatives, and even cooking supplies. Especially for such a food-oriented holiday (and since agriculture and manufacturing are what make Nebraska’s economy go ‘round), it’s important to support your local community. This quarter of the year is often what provides manufacturers and […]

A Guide to Buying Products Made In Nebraska

Locally made or locally produced may not always mean what you think. In recent years, as larger corporations have “caught on” to the idea that purchasing local products may actually be more cost-efficient (it’s cheaper to buy the corn for the Kansas Wal-Mart in Kansas than have it shipped from somewhere else), buying local has […]

Is a Manufacturing Backlog a Blessing Or a Curse?

“Why Can’t L.L. Bean Keep the Darn Duck Boots in Stock?” asked a Bloomberg Business headline earlier this year when it was revealed that L.L. Bean’s infamous backlog of their eponymous shoes seemed to echo their 2014 trajectory. If you’re not one of the 100,000 people who ended up on a back-order list for the […]

Manufacturers In Nebraska: Inter-Motion

This post is part of an ongoing series of manufacturer profiles. The blogs will cover some of the many manufacturers in the state of Nebraska. Check back later for more posts in the series. To see previous posts in the series, click here. Last month, we featured Cortland, NE manufacturer Industrial Maid (click here to […]

Who Manufactures for the Holidays?

The holiday season, which we’re approaching rapidly, is hands-down the most massive season for commerce and production in the United States. Not only do manufacturers need to ramp up to produce for gift-giving and seasonal shoppers, but also for all of the celebrations that tend to accompany Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, and other seasonal holidays. […]

Is 3D Printed Food the Future of Healthy Eating?

As manufacturers, we’re aware of the ways in which 3D printing could truly revolutionize the manufacturing industry. We’re already seeing “smart factories” appear with rows of 3D printers instead of industrial machines, and there’s already a wide world of downloadable designs for people to print at home. In some ways, additive manufacturing is like the […]

Building Real-World STEM Skills with Legos

Many kids-turned-adults have fond memories of hours spent on the floor, assembling ships and cities from tiny plastic Lego building blocks. As it turns out, research of early childhood development shows that this time spent with Legos wasn’t just “fun time” for preschoolers and elementary school students, but actually can help develop spatial reasoning and […]

Nebraska Breweries Support Economy and Community

Back in May, we highlighted a few of the breweries in Nebraska manufacturing craft beer, like the Nebraska Brewing Company, Blue Blood Brewing Company, and Empyrean Brewing Co (you can read the full article here). In May, breweries were the talk of the town thanks to bill in Nebraska that would provide a tax credit […]

What’s On Our Radar: Manufacturing News for November 2015

Each day, we’re in awe about the dynamism of manufacturing these days. It seems as if the industry is evolving more quickly with each passing day, and Nebraska is certainly a hotspot for much of that action. Because our state’s economy is so dependent on agriculture and on manufacturing, there’s no shortage of work being […]