- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A longtime manufacturing company in Beatrice is back in business after shuttering its operations three years ago.

The Dempster Industries factory closed in late 2011, but is now under new management, the Beatrice Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1xG95AK ) reported. Dempster president Ryan Mitchell said the factory has completed its first full line of spreaders.

The production line took between 12 and 14 weeks to make the spreaders, which can be painted any color a customer wants. The equipment costs about $15,000 each.

Painting and other production is outsourced to Beatrice-area businesses. Ten people are currently employed at the company, and Mitchell said seven are former employees.

“One of the best things is we’ve got the same employees that have been here 35 years,” he said. “We just come in and ask what we can do to make things better and we’ve listened to our employees, vendors and staff. It’s worked out pretty well.”

Mitchell said the company is still struggling with customer awareness. While production plans have been in the works for more than a year, Mitchell said that many people are unaware Dempster Industries still exists.

“We deliver parts even 10 miles from here and people say ‘We really wish Dempsters was open,’” Mitchell said. “In our Dempsters truck, our delivery guy wearing a Dempsters shirt delivering Dempsters parts, and they still don’t know we’re around.

“We’re trying to get our name back.”


Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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