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|

Haymarket Park Named Field of the Year For 18th Season

The Lincoln Saltdogs and the American Association jointly announced that Haymarket Park is the league’s ‘Best Playing Field’ for 2018. Haymarket Park has been the Field of the Year for all 18 seasons of its history, as voted on by the league’s field managers and media personnel.

Athletic Turf Manager Jeremy J. and his staff continued to keep Haymarket Park’s field in top condition in his second season in charge. The league features six newer ballparks including two built in the last two years. “Even in its 18th year, and with newer facilities emerging in our league, Haymarket Park continues to be the best field,” Saltdogs President/General Manager Charlie M. said. “Our grounds crew and stadium operations staff, led by Jeremy Johnson and Jen Roeber, meticulously manage one of the best playing surfaces in all of minor league baseball.”

Johnson has a staff of full-time and intern workers who tend to the field throughout the season and throughout the year. “This award would not have been possible without the help and teamwork of the entire staff,” Jeremy said. “I would like to thank Jen R. for her work ethic and communication that was essential to our success this season. I would also like to thank Marcus L., Mike M., and Blake T. for their hard work and attention to detail, our turf intern Kyle T. and our entire grounds crew for their dedication to providing a high quality playing surface.”

2018-10-08T20:38:51+00:00October 5th, 2018|

New Overland Ready Mixed Plant Nears Completion

Overland Ready Mixed is moving it’s Geneva plant operations to Strang, NE. The new plant is erected, floors have been poured and the walls for the office are currently being framed. The next phase of the project is to erect the building around the plant.

Plans call for the project to be completed by November 30 and the plant should be operational by January 1, 2019. The Strang plant will feature a new dry batch plant that can handle 200 yards per hour. The Geneva 1995 Con-E-Co LoPro Plant will be refurbished and moved to Silver Creek to replace a 1976 manual batch plant.

The new plant used 1,500 tons of recycled crushed concrete for the base. The concrete was crushed by Constructors. Ayars & Ayars is the general contractor for the project.

2018-10-03T14:27:50+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Husker Ready-Mixed Concrete Joins NEBCO

Husker Ready Mixed Concrete has joined the NEBCO family of businesses. Husker Concrete operates a ready mixed concrete plant with 16 mixer trucks and serves both the commercial and residential markets in the Lincoln area. The Husker plant is located in West Lincoln at 201 S. 1st Street. Husker Concrete began operating in the late 1990’s. Scott Delgado will serve as General Manager of the operation.

With the addition of Husker Concrete, NEBCO now operates 22 Ready Mixed plants in southeast and central Nebraska. “Husker Concrete is proud to be a part of the NEBCO family,” said Scott Delgado. “Everybody who was involved in the transition was very welcoming and made us feel like part of the team.”

2018-10-02T19:17:54+00:00August 31st, 2018|

Zoo Expansion Features Product From NEBCO Companies

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is in the middle of the largest expansion in its history. The $16 million, 10-acre expansion will create more interaction, more contact and more family memories than ever before.

In 2019, the Zoo will open with four new amazing areas – a world-class giraffe feeding experience, an up-close tiger encounter, an indoor adventure where children will climb with monkeys and a plaza with a splash stream.

The project includes product supplied from U-MIX Products Company, Apollo Steel, Reimers Kaufman, and Ready Mixed Concrete Company. Ready Mixed Concrete has supplied 4,600 cubic yards of concrete to the job while Reimers Kaufman has supplied 35,000 masonry units, along with PROMIX mortar from U-Mix. Apollo Steel has supplied 106 ton of steel for the project.

2018-08-10T13:15:33+00:00July 31st, 2018|

Constructors Resurfacing & Bridge Work on I-80/I-680

Constructors continues to work on the I-80/I-680 interchange in Omaha.

The projects includes 3.75 miles of resurfacing on the westbound I-80 collector distributor road, ramps and shoulders from the I-80/I-680 interchange through Q Street. The project also includes bridge repairs on the collector road bridge at the interchange and over the railroad. Improvements consist of milling and resurfacing the existing roadway andsurface shoulders with asphalt.

A 32-inch concrete barrier will be constructed between the collector road and westbound I-80 from north of I Street to south of Q street. Bridge work includes deck and approach-slab repairs, waterproof membrane, asphalt overlay, replacement of expansion joints, and repairing concrete barrier curbs. Constructors will also be adding 47 new area inlets as well as a new storm sewer that was self performed. The project is scheduled to be completed in late summer. Trafcon will be doing the striping on the project.

2018-08-10T13:16:10+00:00July 31st, 2018|
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