Welcome to the June 15, 2018 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 44 No. 24

Briefs in this week's issue

• West Gate Bank selects Thornton as senior VP in Omaha market

• Visit Omaha promotes Brungardt

• Chief Construction adds Walker

• Jackson Lewis P.C. in Omaha hires Pohlmeier as associate

• Salvation Army adds Thorson

• American National Bank names Murphy, McKelvey, Poldberg to leadership roles

• Opera Omaha selects Brown to lead marketing, PR as director

• Northwest Bank promotes Baker

• Mutual of Omaha appoints Zou and Makwana to new positions

Special Sections:

• Health & Wellness

• Architecture

Riekes Equipment targets warehouse consulting services
by Richard D. Brown

In its 82-year history as a family business, Omaha-based Riekes Equipment is predominately known for its locations in Lincoln, Grand Island, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri, which sell and service forklifts and material handling equipment. However, the venerable firm is nearing $60 million in annual revenues, in part, by emphasizing its consulting services.

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Growth across services propels Miller Electric Co. in 106th year

by Michelle Leach


Miller Electric Co. has carved out a niche in custom commercial electrical work while balancing mainstays such as service that have enabled the contractor to thrive for 106 years — growth powering the need for recent office headquarters and facility expansions.
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Greater Omaha Chamber moves to modern space built for future

by Becky McCarville


As the Greater Omaha Chamber settles into its new, open and light-filled office space covering 23,000 square feet on the top floor at 808 Conagra Dr. on Conagra’s campus, Executive Director David Brown said the redeveloped space reflects the culture — and goals — of the Chamber and of Omaha. And as the Chamber celebrates its 125th anniversary, Brown and Chamber partners are developing strategies for the future.
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Rave On Productions plans new shows building on 15 years of performing

by Savannah Behrends

The entertainment industry has been evolving rapidly over the last 15 years, sparked by everything from culture to technology. It’s an evolution that Rave On Productions owner and Creative Director Billy McGuigan has been trying to keep pace with since 2002.

Birge driven by work ethic, builds Big Birge Plumbing brand

by Dwain Hebda

Brad Birge’s company, Big Birge Plumbing, benefits from a recognizable marketing campaign — retro-style ads designed by and featuring his wife and himself. Being the center of attention in the ads isn’t something he’s entirely comfortable with, but he knows a good thing when he sees it.


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