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Hastings Nebraska: The Place for Quality and Profits

Quality and profit are important to your stockholders and that's why you should visit Hastings, Nebraska. Very favorable factors such as productivity, loyalty, low absenteeism, a skilled work force and, most importantly, profitability are all commonplace in Hastings, Nebraska. The cost of living, energy, and even taxes are all significantly lower, not only for your business, but for you and your employees as well. Hastings Nebraska is located in the state that broke new ground for business tax incentives. We're centrally-located and have a well-educated, hard-working labor force. Our community has amenities rivaling those of cities three times our size. Hastings does, indeed, have a lot to offer your company. We'd like to show you how much you can benefit by joining us in Hastings Nebraska.

Major Manufacturers

Company 

Number of Employees 

Dutton Lainson

280

Thermo King

280

Nebraska Prime

264

T-L Irrigation

252

Ag Processing

175

Paperworks

171

Flowserve Inc.

157

Bimbo Bakeries USA

148

Centennial Plastics

109

A1 Fiberglass

90

Hastings Irrigation Pipe

80



Source: '11 HEDC Annual Wage & Benefit Survey

Major Non-Manufacturers

Company 

Number of Employees 

Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital

917


Hastings Public Schools

495

Good Samaritan Village

383

US Meat Animal Research

250

Hastings College

210

Hastings Utilities

203

City of Hastings

162

Adams County

155

Central Community College

149

Hastings' Labor Force

Hastings' labor-draw area covers four counties; however, it also extends into an additional three counties. Adding significantly to the work force is a minority population including Spanish-speaking groups and Vietnamese, an untapped female population and the under-employed.  A large college student population also contributes to the Hastings labor pool.

Adams County Labor Force

Year

Labor Force 

1998

16,068 

1999 

16,158 

2000 

17,374 

2001 

17,192 

2002 

17,008 

2003 

16,898 

2004 

17,120

2005 

17,084 

2006 

16,854 

2007
17,028

2008

17,114

2009

17,409

2010

16,921

2011

17,221

Source: NE Workforce Development, Workforce Summary
Adams County Unemployment Rate

Year 

Rate (Percent)

1998 

2.0 

1999 

2.1 

2000 

2.5 

2001 

3.1 

2002 

3.6 

2003 

4.1 

2004 

3.8

2005

3.5 

2006

2.9 

2007 

2.9 

2008 3.2

2009

5.2

2010

4.7

2011

3.8

Source: NE Workforce Development, Workforce Summary
 
2010-2011 Graduation Numbers

School 

Number 

Hastings High School 

198

Adams Central High School 

93


St. Cecilia High School 

43

Central Community College 

518

Hastings College 

233

 Source: Individual School Systems

2010 Adams County Work Force

Sector

Percentage 

Manufacturing 

23

Education & Health Services

19

Wholesale & Retail Trade

17

Government

15

Leisure & Hospitality

9

Prof & Business Service

6

Financial Activities

4

Other Services

3

Transportation, Warehousing, Utilities

3

Information

1

 Source: NE Workforce Development, '11 Workforce Summary average

Hourly Wage Rates

Position 

Min

Ave

Max

Assembler/ Production 

$10.30 

$12.08 

$14.79 

Payable/Receivable Clerk

$10.25 

$12.97

$14.75

Lift Truck Operator

$11.45 

$12.86 

$14.81 

Lathe Operator

$11.15

$12.81 

$16.96

Machine Operator

$11.50 

$14.28 

$15.51 

Machine Mechanic

$15.49 

$18.63 

$20.31 

Tool & Die Maker

$14.90 

$19.31 

$19.34 

Welder, Semi-Automatic

$14.07 

$16.40 

$18.42 

Source: '08 HEDC Annual Wage & Benefit Survey


Unionization

Nebraska is a Right-to-Work state. This law is supported by the philosophy that no outside middleman is needed to reconcile differences between employers and employees. The last work stoppage was in 1971. One manufacturer has unionized workers: Sara Lee Bakery-Baking & Confectionery Workers. 

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