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Project Spotlight: Palmyra Sports Complex

The Palmyra community recently unveiled their new athletic stadium as part of a larger $5.4 million athletic facilities project. The project includes ballfields, competition track, artificial turf playing field, a playground, and a walking path. The project is shared by the village and the school. Beatrice Ready Mixed has supplied 1,500 yards of concrete for building pads, parking lots, driveways, curbs, track runways and sidewalks. The complex is still under construction and will require another 1,500 yards of concrete before completion.

The project has drawn extra attention as the district was set to ask voters to approve a bond issue for funding but found out the Olson Foundation had gifted $5.4 million to cover the cost. The gift happened because Leland Olson, and his family, never forgot how the people of Palmyra and the school helped him while attending the high school. After his father passed, Olson was set to quit school to help run the family business. The community worked with him to help him graduate. He later went on to graduate from college and received a degree from the Nebraska Medical Center.

Olson died in 2013 but his family kept tabs on the community and school and surprised everyone with the gift.

2019-10-01T18:48:21+00:00October 1st, 2019|

Haymarket Park Named Field of the Year For 19th Season

Haymarket Park has won yet another American Association ‘Playing Surface of the Year’ award, the club and league announced on Tuesday. The Saltdogs have now won the award in every year of existence stretching back to 2001, including five times in the Northern League (2001-2005) and now every year since the American Association’s inception in 2006.

The award isn’t possible without the work of Athletic Turf Manager Jeremy Johnson, his assistant Jen Roeber, the grounds crew at Haymarket Park and the turf management interns who work over the summer. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in Turfgrass Management, and has been working in sports surface management since 2011. He also has past experience in Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012. Roeber is in her 19th year on the staff at Haymarket Park – every season the stadium and playing surface have won the award.

Haymarket Park opened in 2001 and serves as the home of both the Lincoln Saltdogs and Nebraska baseball team. The crew works year-round to ensure the field’s playability during the spring, summer and fall.

This honor is the first the ‘Dogs have been awarded as part of the American Association’s 2019 end-of-season awards, which are voted on by league executives, media members and managers.

2019-09-11T15:40:20+00:00September 11th, 2019|

Cooper Nuclear Station Nears Completion of HSM Project

Concrete Industries Auburn Ready Mixed Plant has been working on a project at the Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, Nebraska to increase the capacity of the site’s dry fuel storage. Concrete Industries Nebraska City has supplied concrete for 22 new Horizontal Storage Modules (HSM’s). HSM’s are robust concrete structures designed to house and protect nuclear fuel containers. At the completion of the project, the Cooper Station will bring the current dry fuel storage pad to its maximum capacity of 52 HSM’s and 3,172 fuel assemblies.

TN Americas LLC is the contractor for the project that has included 2,100 cubic yards of concrete supplied by Concrete Industries Nebraska City since April 11. The final pour was completed on July 26. Doug Sudduth, TN Americas LLC, noted, “Concrete Industries Nebraska City has been a great company to work with throughout this entire process.”

2019-09-11T19:17:54+00:00August 20th, 2019|

Work Continues at the New UNL Gymnastics Facility

The Nebraska Gymnastics Training Complex on the northwest side of the Bob Devaney Sports Center continues construction. The 26,000 square-foot training space and 46,000 square-foot state of the art facility will include two practice gyms, locker rooms, a lobby, team rooms, athletic therapy rooms and coaches’ offices. Husker Concrete, Concrete Industries, and Ready Mixed Concrete have all supplied materials for this project. Husker Concrete has poured roughly 1100 yards of grout. Concrete Industries supplied and errected the precast walls for the new facility and Ready Mixed has poured over 500 yards concrete.

2019-09-11T15:47:40+00:00March 11th, 2019|

Watkins Partners with Lauritzen Gardens’ Holiday Show

Thousands of poinsettias bursting with rich, vibrant color will fill the floral display hall at Lauritzen Gardens in a glowing holiday tribute during this year’s Holiday Poinsettia Show, supported in part by Watkins Concrete Block Company.

To help families make more holiday memories, they can visit the new Family Chill Zone on the festival garden patio to participate in a variety of fun, family-friendly activities. Gather around the fire and enjoy the winter weather with Anchor Highland Fire Pits and an outdoor fireplace supplied by Watkins. Families can also create a craft, watch the action at the wildlife trees, play a game, explore the igloos, and paint on ice. During the AGLOW evenings, S’mores kits will be available for purchase and guests may roast marshmallows.

More than 5,000 poinsettias in nearly 20 different varieties were grown for the 2018 display. See varieties of multi-hued, deep red, sparkling white and speckled poinsettias that vary in hue, texture, height and bloom time.

A magnificent and majestic 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree stands tall in the middle of the display. Surrounded by a cascade of twinkling white lights, glittering ornaments and the whistle of model garden trains, this show evokes the warmest greetings of goodwill and cheer.

2018-12-03T14:05:59+00:00December 3rd, 2018|
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