2015 NBDC Business Awards

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Champions of Small Business
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State Capitol Ceremony Photo Album
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NBDC Champion of Small Business: Christine and Kevin Grooms

American Agricultural Laboratory

Kevin and Christine Grooms purchased Olsen's Laboratory in McCook in 2007 with a commitment to build upon a reputation of quality soil analysis and fertilizer recommendations that had grown over more than 30 years. Renaming the business American Agricultural Laboratory, the couple invested time and money developing their services and products. Read full story

NBDC Government Contractor of the Year: Farris Engineering

Farris Engineering

Farris Engineering is an employee-owned provider of mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering services.. In the federal government sector, Farris Engineering has teamed with architects to secure indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts at Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base, Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy and the Omaha Corps of Engineers. Farris Engineering is also part of a team selected to provide designs for several U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Read full story

NBDC Export Business of the Year: New Grand Ocean International

New Grand Ocean International

As a family-owned business headquartered in Thailand, New Grand Ocean International is a leading meat importer and exporter to wholesalers in the restaurant, pet food, fertilizer and fuel industries, averaging annual sales of $72 million. Additionally, New Grand Ocean International assists suppliers with regulation and health inspection compliance within Thailand. Harry Hou, a University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, was working as a personal banker when his family began contemplating opening a North American office and situating it in Omaha. Read full story

NBDC Innovation Business of the Year: GrainGoat

Windcall Manufacturing (GrainGoat)

Martin and Patricia Bremmer are the creators of the GrainGoat, a hand-held harvesting and moisture content measuring device that replaces the need to use full-sized harvesting equipment to acquire small amounts of grain for testing. The agricultural innovation has the potential to provide great savings for growers. Read full story

NBDC Manufacturing Business of the Year: Brand Hydraulics

Brand Hydraulics

Throughout its 60-year history, Brand Hydraulics has achieved consistent growth by striving to actively engage each employee at every level throughout the corporation.
That vision has become even more focused since the company partnered with NBDC to establish a culture of continuous improvement through the implementation of lean manufacturing concepts. Read full story.

NBDC Sustainability Business of the Year: Sand Creek Post & Beam

Sand Creek Post & Beam

Owners Jule Goeller and Len Dickinson own timber-frame operations in Wayne and in Texas. Company-wide they employ approximately 80 people. Because of lean techniques, the company has reduced labor hours at the Wayne facility while increasing production which allows for lower energy usage at the plant, reduced transportation costs and emissions as employees travel to and from work. Sand Creek operations use no harsh chemicals and only wood from replenishable sources and recycles waste. Read full story