Grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) are helping Norland International expand.
The Lincoln-based business dedicated a new 33,000 square foot addition there to help it grow into the craft brewing equipment business.
Mike McFarland, president and co-founder, says the state helped his company enter several export markets and awarded it a prototyping grant.
“We got a $50,000 grant for developing the new canning line, which was huge for us,” McFarland tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We knew we were going to develop the canning line eventually anyway, but it allowed us to accelerate the development of it.”
McFarland says the expansion will allow them to hire more employees in the near future.
“We’re able to spread out a little bit more with having the new facility,” he says. “In terms of engineers, we’re looking for another mechanical engineer. We’re looking for assembly people. We project it will bring in another 12 to 14 jobs in the very near future.”
Governor Pete Ricketts says the state’s STEP grant that helps company export their products was another key to Norland’s success.
“It creates exciting job opportunities,” Ricketts said at the dedication ceremony. “It also allows us to expand the opportunities to create job here at home, because 96% of the world’s consumers lie outside our borders. We’ve got to go out there and get them.”
Norland International executives say they are developing craft distilling equipment as well as a glass bottling line and non-carbonated beverage canning equipment.