Smeal Fire Apparatus Doubles Workforce at Neligh Plant; Now Hiring Skilled Workers

Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. is one of the Nebraska manufacturers we’ve been following closely for many years, watching proudly as in March of 2014, the company was chosen from a host of applicants to provide a new engine for the Lincoln Fire Department (you can see the full blog post here). In August of 2014, […]

Women Who Weld

“This program seems to draw people who are looking for self expression through a physical task. And it is very physical,” says Sharon Boynton, instructor of the Sculptural Welding Program at MCC. “It’s a multi-sensory environment that brings your entire being into focus.” Boynton is one of several “Women Who Weld,” a group of women […]

Education Spotlight: Grand Island Career Pathways Institute

If you aren’t familiar with the Grand Island Career Pathways Institute, we’d highly recommend checking out our blog post here with everything you need to know about how their learning schedule works and who attends. This education spotlight departs a bit from our usual spotlights on community colleges and universities in Nebraska, but the Grand Island […]

Education Spotlight: Welding at Western Nebraska Community College

We’ve highlighted welding and machine shop technology at Mid-Plains Community College on the blog before, but lucky for us, there’s more than one outstanding place to get an education in welding in the state of Nebraska. Welding is a hugely growing, dynamic field with plenty of opportunity for growth and an incredibly lucrative career. In […]

Welding 101

In charting the course of America’s history, it’s easy to see that welders have been there every step of the way. President Roosevelt, in a letter to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, bragged about the discovery of new welding techniques that enabled America to build ships with a speed unequaled in the history of shipbuilding. The first […]

Program Spotlight: Northeast Community College

We’ve highlighted one of our partners in education, Northeast Community College, a few times in the past–once for their outstanding diesel technology program, and more recently for introducing the option to get a diversified manufacturing certificate this fall. The community college, located in Norfolk, Nebraska, is launching their diversified manufacturing program partially with a grant […]

Thermo King Is Hiring In Hastings, Nebraska!

Good news for anyone interested in a career in manufacturing: Thermo King in Hastings, Nebraska is hiring for several open positions! The Thermo King Hastings Plant shipped its first product in 1981. It occupies 234,000 square feet in the Hastings Industrial Park West, and is part of Ingersoll Rand’s Transport Solutions Business Unit. Thermo King’s Hastings […]

Central Community College Expands Welding Program

Ask any manufacturer, engineer, or scientist in the world, and they won’t even blink an eye before testifying to the incredible importance of welding to all industry. From artists and sculptors, to papermakers, construction workers, and food processors, virtually every industry is served by welding. To learn more about the basics of welding and what […]

Manufacturers in Nebraska: IntoMetal

This post is part of an ongoing series of manufacturer profiles. The blogs will cover some of the many names in manufacturing in the state of Nebraska. Check back later for more posts in the series. To see previous posts in the series, click here. The diversity of the manufacturing industry here in Nebraska never ceases […]