Welcome to the September 22, 2017 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 43 No. 38

Briefs in this week's issue

The Harry A. Koch Co. hires Smolsky as sales executive

Mutual of Omaha promotes Abels, Ault, Pritchett and Scholtz

Nebraska Corn Board elects Reiners, Merrell, Bruntz and Borg

BlueCloud promotes Tenney

Omaha-based Bozell promotes Maltese, Henricksen; hires Bagley, Curge, Williams, Eggenberg and Kruntorad to new positions

Riekes Equipment appoints Hunt to its director of operations post

Joslyn Castle Trust appoints Gnann as executive director

The Nebraska Health Network promotes Miller and Callahan

Special Sections:

• Aviation in the Midlands


• Millennials

Airgas seeks to capitalize on vitality of industrial sector
by Richard D. Brown

It’s a dynamic time in the industry and with the recent consolidation of Airgas with Air Liquide, a multinational corporation with a presence in 80 countries, the new entity to be called Airgas (an Air Liquide company), is expected to operate from a strengthened platform in Nebraska and Iowa.



With popularity of natural pet food, area Blue Buffalo operation expands

by Michelle Leach


As pet industry spending climbs to unprecedented highs, a flurry of activity at Blue Buffalo’s locations — near and far — are being driven by demand for high-end premium foods and treats for furry friends.


Harland Technology Services bolsters its local footprint amid consolidation

by Michelle Leach


From its Omaha headquarters, Harland Technology Services serves clients like Pep Boys and Bed Bath & Beyond, while retaining personal attention embodied partly by its focus on educational opportunities — webinars to lunch and learns — as it continues to enrich capabilities and resources in an acquisitive mode and via offerings like Skype for Business and an expanded security suite.


Well Mama motherhood fitness studio hits one year, doubles offerings

by Savannah Behrends

With almost a year under its feet, Well Mama motherhood fitness studio in Rockbrook Village has almost doubled its class and workshop offerings, memberships and child care.

Goldsmith Silversmith carries custom jewelry niche beyond four decades

by Lee Nelson

After 43 years in the business of making and selling jewelry, Goldsmith Silversmith owner and founder Dwaine Ferguson still loves making people smile when he hands them their custom-designed piece.


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