Nebraska Diplomats, company, community, and government officials gathered in North Platte today at the Sandhills Convention Center to celebrate the economic contributions of the state’s businesses and industries.
With a membership of more than 365 business executives and community leaders, the Nebraska Diplomats Inc. is the largest economic development organization in Nebraska that allies with other economic development organizations to promote the state’s business climate and quality of life.
Governor Dave Heineman welcomed guests during lunch and proclaimed May 2, 2013, as Business and Industry Recognition Day.
Diplomats President Edy Patterson, president of EMP Interiors in North Platte, presented the Diplomats Presidents Excellence in Business Awards to Trego/Dugan Aviation, and Robert Lundeen.
• Trego/Dugan Aviation was founded in 1965 by Gary and Terry Trego. In 1994, the company name was changed when their son-in-law and daughter, Vince and Traci Dugan joined the company. For nearly 50 years, the company has served as a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) which is a fueling and maintenance service center for aircraft. The company also operates private jet charter bases in Omaha and Chicago offering three private jets and 20 pilots splitting time between the two cities.
In 2003, Trego/Dugan purchased Grand Island Aviation, it biggest FBO competitor and established a significant maintenance base there, where it maintains its own fleet of charter jets and provides maintenance to other corporate aircraft from Nebraska and surrounding states. In 2008, Hall County Airport Authority invited the company to provide airline ground handling service for Allegiant Air on MD-80 aircraft to Las Vegas. The airline ground handling business has since grown from 104 flights to 5,000 flights yearly for Allegiant Air, American Eagle and Frontier, departing from 13 cities in eight states in 2013. Today the company employs 230 aviation professionals.
In 2012, Gary Trego was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame.
• For more than 30 years, Robert Lundeen, ran a successful industrial contracting company, specializing in the installation of hydropower generation equipment, process piping, millwright and maintenance work for major power and manufacturing companies and contractors throughout North America, Latin America, and Puerto Rico. Clientele included Boeing Corporation, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Kiewit Construction, Hydro-Quebec, Alaska Power Authority, The Army Corp of Engineers, Bechtel Corporation, and Morrison Knudsen Company. Lundeen operated from offices in North Platte, Albany, NY, Denver, Colo., and Seattle, Wash.
Lundeen also was founding partner of Olympic Environmental Corp in Kent, Wash., specializing in a variety of environmental remediation throughout the Northwest and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Systems.
In 2006, Incorporated became a part of The Industrial Company in Steamboat Springs, Colo.,–one of the largest industrial construction companies in North America. Shortly thereafter, it became a large part of Kiewit Construction in Omaha. Lundeen’s company, Incorporated, initiated the development of ethanol plants in Madrid and Cambridge, Neb. Certain assets of Incorporated, in combination with the construction management contracts for both ethanol plants, facilitated the creation of Mid America Bio Energy (MABE) & Commodities that completed the development and construction of the two plants, representing $160 million investment in southwest Nebraska. MABE continues to operate the Madrid plant and diversify its revenue stream through the addition of corn oil and bio diesel production.
Following the awards presentations, B&I attendees had the opportunity to tour the Union Pacific Railroad Yards and the WalMart Distribution Center.
Golf and an evening reception held at Wild Horse Golf Club rounded out the day’s events.
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