Worldlawn Power Equipment is taking over a factory that was once occupied by Husqvarna.
Worldlawn president Hardy Shao credits the growth to a dedicated employee base, a safe work environment and the encouragement of creativity.
“While we’ve made great strides, we know there’s still much to accomplish,” Shao says. “With the acquisition of this building, we feel confident we have the capacity not only to grow and produce new and good products, but also to create job opportunities for the community.”
Governor Pete Ricketts met with Worldlawn’s parent company during an earlier trade mission to China. Ricketts says the nearly 275,000-square-foot expansion for the company will help Worldlawn expand its business, diversify and add jobs.
“China is our second-largest export market outside of North America and the fastest growing,” Ricketts says. “Not only are we looking to do more business by selling our products in China, but we’re also working to develop relationships to have Chinese companies invest in Nebraska.”
Ricketts says the state needs to continue to provide a skilled workforce and look for more ways to foster a good business climate.
“In Site Selection magazine’s ranking last year, we received the Governor’s Cup for most economic development projects per capita of any state in the country,” Ricketts says. “In fact, we had more than North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas combined.”
Six years ago, the company took over the former Encore Manufacturing building in the Gage County Industrial Park. Worldlawn’s expanded manufacturing facility is located off the west side of U.S. Highway 77, in north Beatrice.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice