Bell Lumber and Pole Company is expanding into Sidney with plans to build a state-of-the-art facility and employ around 30 workers within its first year of production.
Owner and President Tom Bell says location was critical in the decision.
“Sidney made the short list of a number of sites based on some tactical issues,” Bell says. “We wanted to be east of the Rockies. We wanted to be on dual rail access, so logistics is a big deal. Then we were looking for supportive communities, both folks who were being entrepreneurial and creative in supporting us financially but also strong workforce and had a keen interest in us being there.”
The plant will be built on Adams Warehousing property approximately eight miles west of Sidney with construction beginning “very soon,” according to Bell.
The Sidney City Council approved giving $500,000 in economic development grant funds to Bell at Tuesday’s meeting. The $25 million project will also get financial assistance from the state.
Bell Lumber and Pole has been in business for 103 years and is primarily a wood utility pole manufacturer. It plans to be in full production in the summer 2013 at its Sidney location.
By Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney