Fairbury, NE—-Lambriar Animal Health Care, LLC is a wholesale distributor of vaccines, medications and kennel supplies to the commercial dog breeding business. A devastating fire at their facility in Mahaska, Kansas provided an opportunity to relocate to Fairbury, Nebraska in 1998. Since moving to Fairbury, Lambriar has experienced double-digit sales growth. The addition of 19 new employees created a need for a larger facility and prompted the City of Fairbury to apply for a Community Development Block Grant in the Economic Development category in 2002 on behalf of Lambriar.
Julie Katz, Director of Marketing and Project Coordinator, has been a Community Development Specialist for the past 12 years. With her extensive experience in economic development programs she worked with the Nebraska State Department of Economic Development to craft a Community Development Block Grant proposal for the Lambriar Animal Health Care facility. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development recognized the need and the City of Fairbury was awarded $151,222. This amount helped to leverage a $300,000 purchase of a larger building with Lambriar contributing $153,073.
Since relocating to its current facility, Lambriar has grown from 23 to 70 employees in only three years, becoming a major contributor to Fairbury’s economy. Not only has Lambriar gained economic success, but they also provided local jobs and occupy a building that otherwise would have remained empty. Lambriar is an active member of the community, promoting local patronage, supporting school programs and local charity events.
According to Katz, Lambriar is currently working with Dave Gilfillan of the Department of Economic Development and Jim Ferneau, Fairbury City Administrator, putting together a new proposal which, if approved, will enable Lambriar to expand once again, retaining 10 jobs and creating 10 new jobs.
The CDBG funds have proven to be extremely beneficial to this local business and Fairbury’s citizens. Lambriar has paved the way for other community projects to apply and qualify for funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The overwhelming success of this project is now considered a benchmark for other community projects seeking grant funds.
According to Mayor Gene Mueller, “We are very excited about the future growth of Lambriar Animal Health Care in Fairbury and the use of CDBG funding will ensure that Lambriar’s growth will remain in Nebraska.”
Dave Honz (DED Representative)
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