Welcome to the January 23, 2014 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 41 No. 4

Briefs in this week's issue

INSPRO Insurance selects Vetter, Wills, Richt, Bender and Blaser

Bozell appoints six employees to new posts in Omaha offices

Principal promotes Karthauser to regional managing director

Olson joins Omaha’s Arbor Bank

Husch Blackwell names Erikson new associate in Omaha office

First National Bank adds Curfman, Stagemeyer in mortgage lending

Lincoln’s Olsson Associates adds Dunnigan, O’Connor to new posts

Special Sections:

• Business Planning in 2015

• Omaha Real Estate

Tighton Tools leverages inventory to extend reach
by Richard D. Brown

Since its inception 19 years ago as a family-owned and operated construction and distribution company, Tighton Tools and Fasteners President Dan E. Williams has placed a premium on building a deep inventory, which with a hefty investment in e-commerce technology has steadily grown sales. Now the business is expanding its geographic range by opening showrooms and service facilities in additional cities.



Barnhart Crane & Rigging expanding its Midwest presence with acquisition

by Michelle Leach


When Barnhart acquired Crane Rental & Rigging last fall, it represented the latest Midwest expansion for the more than 1,000-employee, Memphis-based business — and the addition of engineering capabilities, innovative design and cost-saving consultative solutions to a local team that historically operated cranes on behalf of customers.


Omaha’s Acass-Systems builds niche in live events, opens Hong Kong office

by Becky McCarville


As a 15-year veteran in the entertainment industry, Aaron Cass is using his experience as a roadie and stage manager to position his company, Acass-Systems, to become a global infrastructure company in nine years by designing innovative infrastructure solutions for live event shows around the world.


Legion Digital Outdoor to invest in equipment, tech for national expansion

by Michelle Leach

One of the dozen mobile billboard trucks in the country is based out of Bellevue, and the president of the new Legion Digital Outdoor anticipates the Omaha market be home to a second truck by 2016 as organizations embrace benefits not limited to this service’s ability to break down geographic barriers.

Professional mentoring techniques include experiential, social methods

by Lee Nelson

Having the right people as mentors in your professional life can give you a boost and the information you need to grow in your field

Atlasphere Consulting considers additional hires, expansion of software support

by Michelle Leach

Adoption of Atlasphere Consulting’s services has been on pace with leadership expectations since its late November launch, with its combination of technology and accounting, and cloud-based service delivery driving prospects for new software, hiring and an intern program.

Scout Dry Goods & Trade expands reach with online, designer apparel

by Lee Nelson

Owner Kelly Newell expects 2015 to be a big year to attract new customers with many changes to Dundee shop Scout Dry Goods & Trade including adding athletic wear along with a consignment option for high-end items. Additionally, Newell began renting a warehouse and hired an on-staff photographer to help make the online shop more profitable and popular.

HDR’s Miller building portfolio of large-scale design projects

by Kristin Durbin

As HDR Architectural Coordinator at HDR, Ross Miller has been at work on large-scale projects at home and abroad.


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