Advanced Manufacturing & Precision Metals
Advanced manufacturing and precision metals is an important industry cluster in the United States, responsible for over $2 trillion of output into the economy in 2013. In many states, including Nebraska, this industry is a top attraction and the focus of many expansion initiatives. Due to the prominence of existing companies, this industry cluster has significant impact on the regional economy. The Scottsbluff – Gering Region also has good potential for many types of manufacturing operations, particularly those tied to agriculture, mining/drilling, and possibly renewable wind energy-related manufacturing (e.g., nacelle units, gearbox, generator and transformer components, and blade assembly). Markets for the steel building industry are mostly international, making the growth and retention of manufacturing activity and cutting-edge products paramount to this region. More specialized technical training will help to ensure the future success of this industry cluster in the region.
Western Nebraska has rail, facilities and the infrastructure to support new industry. Through state incentive programs from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and local LB840 funds, new and expanding industries continue to develop and prosper in the area.