Welcome to the August 1, 2014 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 40 No. 31

Briefs in this week's issue

Nebraska Title Co. names Carson,
Lyman, Calver to escrow closers

First Nebraska Bank adds Hansen

Shepard, King join Perrigo staff

Mutual of Omaha Bank appoints Goodman, Danner to new roles

Redstone of Omaha promotes
Horn, Douglas; adds Williams

Christensen named to account
executive with Holmes Murphy

Lund-Ross Constructors hires Harnly, Meyersick as managers

Union Bank & Trust promotes
Monson to assistant VP post

Darland Construction adds Knapp

Mitchell & Associates appoints Hermsen, Wellsandt to partner

Special Sections:

• Holiday Office Parties Guide

• Senior Issues

Briggs enhances showroom to compete with e-commerce
by Richard D. Brown

Omaha-based Briggs Inc., a 108-year-old wholesale distributor of plumbing, HVAC and pump and well supplies, has found its strong emphasis on showrooms of 6,000 to 8,000 square feet has strengthened its sales to plumbing contractors and homeowners at a time when the Internet has become a bigger player in customer decision-making.

Volume drives additional dealerships for 95-year-old A.C. Nelsen RV World
by Michelle Leach

Escalating gas prices converging with a downturn in 2008 resulted in dire predictions for the RV industry — expectations that were never realized, according to Adam Nelsen, the fourth-generation of leadership with A.C. Nelsen RV World, who noted that it has much more recently — from 2010 to 2013 — tripled its volume.

Lincoln-based Stirk poised to expand CNG filling stations to more locations
by Michelle Leach

To hear Chad LeRiger tell it, Stirk Compressed Natural Gas was never supposed to be more than a one-station operation. But only months after joining the company, he said it’s poised to expand in Columbus and Council Bluffs, and roll out a mobile station, alongside its Lincoln locations.

More commercial work boosts sales for Elkhorn’s DuRite Electric
by Dwain Hebda

It’s easy for Tracie Malesa to look back now and appreciate the road Du-Rite Electric of Elkhorn has traveled. The 56-year-old family-owned company is riding high these days with commercial work at the federal buildings and courthouses in both Lincoln and Omaha to their credit, as well as manufacturing and national food service clients’ projects across multiple states.

Rehabilitation campuses become bridges for patients reaching recovery goals
by Kristin Durbin

Pressures for cost savings has not dampened modern expectations of health care, as a survey of specialists in the Omaha metro finds no short supply of aggressive treatment plans plus high-end amenities for care that comes in between hospital and home.

Council Bluffs’ Choice Custom Homes aims to offer unique homes to customers
by Kendra Strasser

Since starting Choice Custom Homes in 2000, owners Jason Gilman and Chad Bum- sted have grown the business by increasing the number and size of homes built.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s new MBA program gains positive response
by Dwain Hebda

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s new Master of Business Administration programs have attracted 97 hopefuls for inclusion in the Lincoln liberal arts university’s inaugural run. The new curriculum, which has been more than a decade in the making, convenes for the first time this fall.

Swanda opens new IT division at P&L Technology, prepares to launch second
by Dan Scheuerman

Kyle Swanda had been touting his idea for about a year before it became reality. The idea — that P&L Technology should offer a la carte IT solutions to small- to midsize businesses — took off in late 2012. Since then, the division he started, EnterpriseSelect, has grown exponentially — 249 percent in its first year, with the same projected for 2014.

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