George P. Abel, Sr.
George P. Abel, Sr. graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in civil engineering and a goal of starting his own business. In 1908, with the little bit of money he managed to save while supporting himself and his mother, he purchased small concrete mixing equipment and began what would become an enterprise of businesses known today as NEBCO, Inc.
The company started small with jobs such as concrete driveways and bridges. By 1911, the company had paved such streets in Lincoln as O Street and South Street. The first asphalt plant was purchased the following year and by 1916, as brick paving was flourishing in the city, Abel Construction purchased a brick company.
George P. Abel, Sr. died in January 1937, having achieved far beyond his original goal of going into business for himself. At the time of his death, Abel Construction had changed the face of Nebraska and laid the foundation for a family business that would continue to build Nebraska for generations to come.