Welcome to the April 21, 2017 Midlands Business Journal
Here is brief summary of our feature stories.
Vol. 43 No. 16

Briefs in this week's issue

Gross & Welch selects Wachal as firm director

NP Dodge Real Estate hires Hamre, Carlson, Freeborn, Hartman

Harry A. Koch appoints Smith as its Lincoln branch manager

Joslyn Castle Trust hires Bello, Kephart and Pickering to staff

Nebraska Realty hires Acharya, Hanson, West to sales team

Westwood Holdings Group adds Wilwerding as president

Omaha’s Vandenack Weaver adds Brashear, Pieper to firm

Cornhusker Bank taps Boyle

Opera Omaha adds Wortmann

Riekes Equipment selects Brink

Olsson Associates hires Kilzer as an industry expert for the firm

Special Sections:

• Small Business Administration

• Investing for Retirement

Distefano takes proactive approach to industry challenges
by Richard D. Brown

The owners of Omaha’s Distefano Technology & Manufacturing are confident that with the agricultural economy rebounding and demand on the rise for many of the more than 1,200 different metal components that are fabricated, demand for orders will increase for the company’s 100 employees. As the 160,000 square foot plant ramps up production and with management targeting at least a 15 percent growth in revenues for this year, grappling with the continued shortage of skilled welders became priority one.

Scott Data Center poised to grow with increased cloud service needs

by Michelle Leach

As more employers move data center and business infrastructure to a purpose-built facility and as consumers are increasingly informed about third-party validation, Scott Data Center is adding expertise and is optimistic about growth opportunities this year and next as the only Uptime Tier III Certified facility in Nebraska and one of the few in the U.S. to have passed the Uptime Institute’s muster, according to President Kenneth J. Moreano.

Perfecta Media joins forces with Osni Ponca to build career opportunities

by Michelle Leach

The Osni Ponca family of companies is diversifying in the technology sector for the benefit of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska as the tribe’s main economic development vehicle, and via the addition of Perfecta Media, a three-pronged digital signage, marketing, and technology firm that nearly tripled in size last year.

Moonstruck Meadery makes transition to restaurant

by Lee Nelson

Making mead was the dream, but after six years of producing the honey-based beverages, owner Brian Schlueter is shutting down his production of the drink at Moonstruck Meadery and focusing on selling pizza, ribs, other meads, beers and selected wines from Argentina.

Rouse aims to help develop, serve others at Lutz

by Dwain Hebda

In 16 years in the accounting field, Deyna Rouse has a seen a lot of change, from technology to the growing presence of women in the industry.

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