Welcome to the August 7, 2020 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.

Palleton expands productivity with multiple initiatives
by Richard D. Brown
Omaha-based Palleton, a 40-year-old family-owned company that builds, renovates and manages pallet needs for some of the nation’s largest food companies, has increased its sales volume by more than 24% in the past five years. The firm has 110 employees with headquarters in south Omaha, plus facilities in Fremont, Council Bluffs and Osceola, Iowa, Austin, Texas, Lyons, Kansas and Minnesota, that are close to major meat packers such as Hormel.
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Right at Home in acquisition mode as in-home care focus gains traction
by Michelle Leach
As the world changed, not unlike other organizations, Right at Home shelved ambitious hiring plans but has since circled back around to them, with a renewed focus on its clinical team as the demand for home care services has been accelerated in the present environment.

Passionate about dogs, Love Yo Pup founder serves up healthy dog treats
by Gabby Christensen
Love Yo Pup, a small batch dog treat business based in Omaha with customers throughout the nation, was established with a “farm-to-paw” approach in mind — meaning that each handmade treat is not only humanely harvested, but also crafted with organic and healthy ingredients, according to founder/owner Nina Austin.
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CRE Summit goes virtual to guide commercial real estate community through pandemic
by Michelle Leach
In its 30 years, the CRE Summit community has experienced its share of hardship brought on by economic downturns, geopolitical unrest and other uncontrollable, far-reaching events; however, founder Jerry Slusky is characterizing this year’s Virtual Summit next Friday, Aug. 14 as arguably the most important in the commercial real estate program’s history — and for good reason.

Community building forms bedrock of Jeff Spiehs’ career
by Dwain Hebda
Jeff Spiehs’ career has always been steeped in his passion for elevating and improving the community. As former community relations manager at the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, he was heavily involved with public engagement efforts for Heartland 2050 Regional Vision, including creating block talks and various immersive, experiential events to raise awareness of land use.

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