Manufacturing Day opens doors to community

Thursday, October 15, 2015

All the parts produced by the Neapco Manufacturing Plant make something turn, and as a company Neapco is looking to turn around the image of what manufacturing is.

As part of National Manufacturing Day, several companies located in the Gage County Industrial Park in Beatrice hosted tours and open houses.

Those planning tours and open houses included Neapco, Worldlawn, and Precise Fabrication along with Industrial Maid.

“We want to help change the negative image that surrounds manufacturing and let people know what we are really about,” Neapco Vice President J.C. Styles said.

Last year, Neapco was the only open house on Manufacturing Day.

“A high percentage of people have never been inside and we have come a long way from what manufacturing used to be,” Styles said.

Neapco is about 250,000 square feet and employs 350 people. It was the first company in Industrial Park.

Last year over 80 people came, Styles said, and the responses the company received were great.

“These tours are to help show people what it looks like while we are in full operation,” he said.

Seven stops were made on a tour that was about a half-mile walk. The tour group stopped at areas called the test lab, Axel Cell, Bell Cell, Half Shaft Assembly, 1550 Needle Loader, Propshaft Cell and Okuma.

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