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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.
|Total Residential Population:||9,249|
|Employee/Residential Population Ratio:||0.56|
|Becton Dickinson||Insulin syringes||534|
|Allmand Brothers||Portable light towers, arrow boards, & industrial heaters||177|
|Hawkins Manufacturing||Farm Equipment||18|
|Nebraska Star Beef||Beef processing||8|
|Earth Science Laboratories, Inc.||Algaecide and bactericide used in the treatment of lakes, ponds, potable water, pools, spas, & hot tubs||7|
|Holen One Farms||Spices, marinades, & BBQ sauce||2|
|LandMark Implement, Inc.||Farm equipment, products, & services||227|
|Phelps Memorial Health Center||Medical||220|
|Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (IES)||Electrical design, construction, & maintenance||215|
|CHS Agri Service Center||Mixed-grain feed & fertilizer||200|
|Holdrege Public Schools||Education||168|
|Holdrege Memorial Homes||Long term care/retirement center||150|
|Christian Homes Care Community||Long term care/retirement center||130|
|Central NE Public Power & Irrigation||Electric Utility||102|
|Mosaic||Services for developmentally disabled||54|
|Phelps County||County Government||81|
|City of Holdrege||City Government||56|
*Full Time Equivalent
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.