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Lt. Governor celebrates McCook business expansion

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 06.23.16

JUNE 23, 2016 (MCCOOK, NEB.)—Lt. Governor Mike Foley joined Christine and Kevin Grooms from American Agriculture Laboratory Inc., and officials with the City of McCook and State of Nebraska to cut the ribbon on the newly-expanded business that now occupies the former ALCO facility.

The expansion allowed for the addition of five new full-time positions which include a chemist, information technology specialist, lab technician, maintenance specialist, and agri-business/sales professional. With the project complete, the company now has 17 full-time positions and six seasonal part-time professionals.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development approved $297,060 Site and Building Development Fund money for building renovations.

The Grooms had considered expanding the business to Colorado and Kansas where they had received offers, but wanted to stay in Nebraska.

“We were happy we received the necessary financial assistance to stay here in Nebraska,” said Grooms. “The services our lab and staff provide help ag professionals continue to meet the challenges of feeding the world’s ever-growing population.”

“Businesses, such as American Agricultural Laboratory, truly make up the backbone of Nebraska and the nation, providing competitive-wage jobs for rural residents who otherwise might have to drive long distances to find employment,” said Lt. Gov. Foley. “We are grateful to people such as the Grooms who are willing to help sustain and grow our smaller communities with much needed investment and jobs.”

American Agricultural Laboratory Inc. is an independent commercial laboratory dedicated to high quality, timely and accurate analytical testing services. The laboratory specializes in the analysis of soil, plant, petiole, feed, fat, water, fertilizer, manure, sludge, compost, seed and wastewater.

Established in 1976 as Olsen’s Agricultural Laboratory by Dr. Robert Olsen, the business was purchased by the Grooms in 2007. Both have extensive agricultural laboratory testing experience and Mr. Grooms managed the lab at Olsen’s for 16 years before purchasing it. The name was changed to American Agricultural Laboratory Inc. in September 2014.

Marketing Rural Nebraska To New Residents

AREA News, Events, Photo Feature - 06.13.16
Community members gather at the Marketing Hometown America kick-off event in McCook.
(Photo by Ariana Brocious, NET News)

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Small Business Consulting Available in Southwest Nebraska

AREA News, News - 06.13.16

Nancy Flock, central and southwest bilingual Nebraska Loan Specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project-REAP will hold office hours in McCook on June 16, 2016. Hours will be 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. McCook Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) will handle the appointments;  (308) 345-1200. MEDC office is located at 402 Norris Avenue, Suite 301 (Keystone Business Center – 3rd Floor). read more

MEDC Seeks ‘Yes’ Vote For Future Community Growth

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 05.05.16

In addition to choosing a presidential candidate in the May primary, McCook voters will determine the direction of the community’s future growth when they head to the polls on Tuesday, May 10. read more