What Is Ag Literacy and Why Do We Need It?

Just this week, Farm Credit Services of America donated $100,000 to help Nebraska students of all ages gain a better understanding of science and agriculture. FCSAmerica, which is based in Omaha, serves farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. They supply the nation’s agricultural industry with almost one-third of its credit needs, […]

How Are You Celebrating E-Week?

This week is no ordinary week: It’s National Engineers Week. From February 21-27, schools, societies, and professionals around the country have been celebrating an extraordinary group in the manufacturing sector, our engineers. According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, E-Week was founded in 1951, but today, is a formal coalition of more than 70 […]

Nebraskans Use 3D Printing to Change Children’s Lives

3D printing has revolutionized the world in many ways, but one of the most emotionally stirring ways is by creating prosthetic limbs for children. According to PBS, a prosthetic arm goes for around $40,000 these days, a steep barrier to access for most children and families. However, with a 3D printer, about $10 or $20 […]

TreeHouse Foods Expands Omaha Presence

Later this year, ConAgra will move its head office to Chicago, Illinois, partly to be near a growing concentration of food-centric marketing, research, and professional services, according to the Chicago Tribune. David Brown, CEO of the Greater Omaha Area Chamber of Commerce, said that Omahans tried their very best to stop the move from happening. […]

STEM Trends: Innovation Transcends Good Grades

An inherent part of secondary education is grades. From A-F, the majority of school systems place some value on what grades a student receives, using them as an indication of intelligence and potential future success. However, recent studies have shown that innovation is not only not linked to good grades, but in fact, there might […]

How Manufacturers Helped Radically Redefine NASCAR Safety Standards

On February 18, 2001, legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt was speeding around a racetrack at 200 miles-per-hour, ranking third in the Daytona 500. In turn 4, Earnhardt got tapped from behind by another car, was hit by another driver, and then hit the turn 4 wall, where he died tragically of a basal skull fracture. […]

R&D Helps Nebraska Manufacturers Stay On the Cutting Edge

In 2014, we posted a Manufacturers in Nebraska blog about Worldlawn Power Equipment, Inc., located in Beatrice, Nebraska. You can read the full history of the company in that post, but we were pleased to see them make the news once more just this week: The Beatrice Daily Sun recently featured the mower manufacturer, who […]

Why Manufacturers Are Investing In Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is certainly a challenge for many manufacturers and designers: How do you create something that’s aesthetically pleasing while impeccably functional? From sport watches to fitness trackers, rings, pendants, smart clothing, and more, the wearables industry is trying to put its finger on just what will appeal to consumers. Even if you haven’t realized […]

Bellevue Girls Redefine Robotics Gender Norms

A few months ago, a young girl named Cash Cayen from Timmins, Ontario, noticed that her summer robotics program at the local library was only available to boys. When she asked the library’s assistant director about why only boys were allowed to participate, the director noted that “boys’ academic and literacy skills don’t improve over […]

What Is SMART Manufacturing?

In twenty years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, global manufacturing won’t even look remotely similar to the way it does now, thanks to Smart Manufacturing. Smart Manufacturing sounds like something that should be intuitive. Doesn’t the term just mean being smart about manufacturing processes? In a sense, yes. Ellen McKewen explains that smart […]