Big things come in small packages could not be more true for Brehmer Manufacturing in Lyons, Nebraska (pop. 814). Back in 1971, when Brehmer was founded, all they started with was a light post and a stick welder.
Today the company does work in 27 different countries and its products are designed for a wide range of industries and business sectors, including agriculture, livestock, truck equipment, truck sales, tire recycling equipment, and custom manufacturing. Brehmer prospers even during tough economic times because of its niche markets.
In 2013, the company was awarded $255,000 in CDBG funding from DED to expand its facility. The remaining balance, $569,480, was funded by the company through equity and a loan from First National Bank Northeast of Lyons.
In April 2014, Brehmer Manufacturing began constructing an 80’ x 125’ addition, renovating its warehouse, installing new paving, making road improvements, purchasing new manufacturing equipment, and eventually hiring ten full-time employees. The company is not new to growth as this is the ninth expansion. Brehmer currently employees 68 full-time and part-time employees. Prior to this expansion, the company had 44 baseline employees.
“We are already planning for the next addition and hope to begin work on it within the next three years,” said Joe Brehmer.
Lyons residents fully support the company and the overall impact it continues to have on the community.
“Their innovation is always fascinating,” said Brooks Larsen, Vice President of First National Bank Northeast. “They don’t have boundaries on their design. Sometimes we create [our own] boundaries, but Joe just expands.”
“The expansion is a great example of what success can look like in a small community,” said Mayor Andy Fuston, adding that Lyons is a proud supporter of Brehmer Manufacturing.
Brehmer Manufacturing continues to enjoy great success in the community, regionally, nationally and on a global scale. The company represents Nebraska throughout the world, making the state proud, all from the small town of Lyons.