Major Employers

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Phelps County

Population

Total Population

9,405

Population
Growth Rate

0.28%

Median Age

45

Diversity Index

20.100

Quality of Life

Our Communities

Holdrege, Nebraska

Holdrege, NebraskaIf you’re looking for a community that combines old-fashioned small town values and amenities with great modern conveniences, we invite you to check out Holdrege. It’s just the place to find the best of both worlds. Learn More

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Housing & Income

Households

3,840

Total Housing Units

4,227


Owner Occupied

2,587

Renter Occupied

1,253

Vacant

387

Median Home Value

$125,234


Average Home Value

$150,184

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.19%


Per Capita Income

1.54%

Income Projection

Median Household

$51,707 $55,074


Average Household

$67,816 $73,461


Per Capita

$27,904 $30,121

Workforce

Total Businesses

615

Total Employed

4,888

Workers 16+

4,616

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

69

Employed

300

Mining

Businesses

1

Employed

8

Utilities

Businesses

10

Employed

136

Construction

Businesses

24

Employed

202

Manufacturing

Businesses

18

Employed

224

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

31

Employed

348

Some
High School

299

Graduated
High School

1,932

Associates
Degree

807

Bachelor's
Degree

1,286

Graduate
Degree

385

Average Commute Time

14 min.



Resident Commuters

3,814

Non-Resident Commuters

786

Drive Alone

3,755

Carpooled

458

Public

0

Work At Home

188

Workforce Occupations

Labor Availability

In August, 2008 a Labor Availability Report was conducted by Kenneth M. Lemke, Ph.D. The report concluded that an employer offering attractive working conditions with competitive wages and employee benefits in Phelps County would be able to select from a substantial pool of applicants. In fact, the report states, "…a prospective new employer providing job opportunities with competitive wages and benefits and offering career opportunities would be a welcome addition to the employment base in Phelps County. The response to such employment opportunities would be substantial, and as this report shows, there is a sizeable labor force and population base living within the Phelps County Labor Area."

Employable CommutersPhelps County's primary labor pool is drawn from a geographic area including Phelps County and its contiguous seven counties; but, existing employers attract a labor force from an even larger area. With minimal road congestion and convenient access to I-80 existing employers are able to attract qualified employees from a 60-mile radius: a commute time of around 60 minutes.

Although nearly 49% of workforce-age residents do work in Phelps County, there is untapped potential in the 14.5% who are employed at least 30 minutes from home.

Workforce Establishments

Total Businesses: 985
Total Employees: 5,165
Total Residential Population: 9,249
Employee/Residential Population Ratio: 0.56

Leading Employers

Phelps County Employers

Manufacturers
EmployerProductFTE*
Becton Dickinson Insulin syringes534
Allmand Brothers Portable light towers, arrow boards, & industrial heaters177
Hawkins Manufacturing Farm Equipment18
Nebraska Star BeefBeef processing8
Earth Science Laboratories, Inc.Algaecide and bactericide used in the treatment of lakes, ponds, potable water, pools, spas, & hot tubs7
Holen One FarmsSpices, marinades, & BBQ sauce2

 

Private Employers
EmployerProductFTE*
LandMark Implement, Inc.Farm equipment, products, & services227
Phelps Memorial Health Center Medical220
Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (IES)Electrical design, construction, & maintenance215
CHS Agri Service CenterMixed-grain feed & fertilizer200
Holdrege Public SchoolsEducation168
Holdrege Memorial HomesLong term care/retirement center150
Christian Homes Care CommunityLong term care/retirement center130
Central NE Public Power & Irrigation Electric Utility102
MosaicServices for developmentally disabled54

 

Public Employers
EmployerProductFTE*
Phelps County County Government81
City of Holdrege City Government56

*Full Time Equivalent

Higher Education

Central Community College

Central Community College's Training and Development Team is responsive to the training and educational needs of Phelps County businesses. Training can be conducted at the location of your choosing. CCC has experience in the following subjects but welcomes the opportunity to create curriculum that meets your needs: Leadership and Development, Computer Training, Human Resources Management, Industrial Maintenance, Quality Control, Environmental Health and Safety, Computer Technology, Mechatronics, Welding Technology, and Industrial Technology.

A CCC Learning Center is conveniently located in Holdrege and provides educational opportunities for the high school graduates and non-traditional students, injecting potential employees into the labor pool. CCC students typically continue to work and live in the 25-county area served by CCC. In fact, over the past two decades 95% of CCC graduates (17,786) stayed in Nebraska and 77% (14,416) remain in the CCC service area.

University of Nebraska at Kearney

The University of Nebraska at Kearney also provides local businesses with a supply of bright, young employees. UNK, a quick commute from Phelps County, offers 170 undergraduate majors, 25 pre-professional programs, and 34 graduate programs sure to complement business' needs.

Transportation

Highways

U.S. Highways 6/34 and 183 intersect near the center of Phelps County sending truck and car traffic in all four directions. An Interstate-80 interchange is located just 17 miles north of Holdrege.

 

Rail

The Nebraska Kansas Colorado Rail (NKCR) is operated by logistics company OmniTrax. Their motto is "Rail Made Easy." The NKCR has an interchange with the BNSF Railway in Holdrege.

Click the map at the right for a larger version.

The Iron Horse Business & Industry Park has been engineered with 8 rail-served sites. OmniTrax, the owner of the NKCR, works with the BNSF to get your raw materials in and/or your finished goods out.

Air

Brewster Field is the municipal airport in Holdrege. It has one lighted, hard-surfaced 4,700-foot runway. Small and medium-sized corporate jets can be accommodated. A heated hangar is available for long or short-term aircraft storage. The hangar also houses a comfortable passenger waiting area and pilot's lounge.

Kearney Regional Airport, just 45 minutes from Holdrege, is served by SkyWest Airlines / United Express, operating 50 passenger regional jets with 12 nonstop roundtrip flights per week to Denver International Airport.

The Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island is just 90 minutes from Holdrege. American Eagle offers daily flights to and from Dallas-Ft. Worth. Allegiant Airlines also flies weekly flights to vacation destinations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

Free and convenient parking, short security lines, and speedy baggage claim make flying in and out of Kearney or Grand Island effortless.