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Manufacturing is the largest industry in Grand Island and accounts for over 7,000 jobs in the area. With deep, solid historical roots in manufacturing, Grand Island has a strong concentration in three areas of manufacturing:  agricultural equipment, metalwork and custom fabrication, and food and beverage manufacturing. Our competitive advantages, including proximity to transportation, affordable utilities, and a responsive education and training system, resulted in nearly 1,200 new manufacturing jobs added between 2003 and 2013.

CNH Industrial is the CNH Industrial North America Combine Center of Excellence. With more than 800,000 square feet of manufacturing space, this state of the art facility is an industry leader in combine production. Three models of combines and several types of hay and forage equipment are manufactured in Grand Island.

Chief Industries is a diversified manufacturing company that makes prefabricated buildings, agricultural products, ethanol, correctional doors, windows and furniture, rail car products and a variety of other products.

Global Industries manufactures grain storage and handling equipment, metal buildings and water treatment systems. Doing business worldwide, Global is headquartered in Grand Island.

For over 60 years, Hornady Manufacturing has produced the most accurate bullets and ammunition available and revolutionized the reloading tools industry with leading innovations. Hornady is one of the largest independent producers of bullets in the world serving both national and international distributors and customers.

McCain Foods is a world-class food-manufacturing facility providing restaurants, organizations, and households with the very best in appetizers and prepared foods domestically and around the globe; locally made with a global impact.

Standard Iron provides metal fabrication services and custom components to major manufacturers in the region.

Industrial Parks

There are a number of industrial parks and manufacturing districts in Grand Island including the Platte Valley Industrial Park, Cornhusker Industrial Park, and Airport Industrial Park. The Platte Valley Industrial Park is located on Highway 281 just north of Interstate 80. The Cornhusker Industrial Park is one of the few sites in the mid-west that has access to two rail lines: Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Local Manufacturing Characteristics

Number of manufacturing plants in county74
*Nebraska Workforce Development, Q4 2015
Number of manufacturing employees6,999

Economic Development

Our business community and civic leaders are busy paving the way to new opportunities for the future, and entrepreneurs will find everything they need right here in Grand Island.

Grand Island is the county seat of Hall County. Its commercial center enjoys a population of approximately 104,000,  and a workforce of 54,000. This area is known for its low unemployment rate, high labor productivity, and low absenteeism and turnover rates.

Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation

The Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation actively promotes the business advantages of Grand Island to targeted manufacturing firms seeking the perfect location to ensure their company’s success. Equally important is retaining existing business and jobs. Through the use of incentive funds, the Economic Development Corporation facilitates the creation of primary employment, offering stability, diversity and skill advancement opportunities for the area’s workforce.

Local Option Municipal Economic Development Program (LB840) is the principal incentive offered by the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation. The LB840 Program directs $750,000 annually from City of Grand Island revenues to fund economic development projects that result in jobs and local community investment. The Economic Development Corporation works with the State Nebraska Department of Economic Development to identify and secure state funds available for business growth.

Incentive Recipients

BusinessFunds AwardedYear
Standard Iron$200,0002004
Heritage Disposal$100,0002004
Love Signs$42,0002005
CXT, Inc.$200,0002005
J.C. Doyle$20,0002006
O'Neill Wood Resources$45,0002007
Case IH$325,0002007
Hornady Manufacturing$154,0002007
Principal Financial Group$30,0002007
Hastings Foods$70,0002008
Nova-Tech, Inc.$160,0002008
Ace Machine Shop$32,5002009
Structured Solutions$600,0002009
Hornady Manufacturing$200,0002010
Platte Valley Industrial Park East$575,0002010
Rogue Manufacturing$50,0002010
Standard Iron$200,0002011
Case IH$219,0002011
Medbury Fabrication$76,0002012
Chief Fabrications$305,8002013
Central Community College$95,0002013
Bosselman Tank and Trailer$90,0002014
GIX Logistics$202,8002015
Borer Wholesale$117,0002016
Inland Truck$197,0002016


Residents of Grand Island have demonstrated their commitment to area growth by approving an aggressive economic development program that helps existing primary companies expand and brings new employers to the Grand Island area.

Facilitating the program is the work of the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation (GIAEDC). The GIAEDC makes prospective businesses aware of state and local incentives such as funding assistance for targeted industries, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to encourage private investment in blighted or deteriorating areas.

Together, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation strive to advance and improve economic, social and political environments to help the area realize balanced economic growth. If you are interested in expanding or locating your business in Grand Island, community leaders will go the extra mile to help make it happen.



Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce
309 West Second Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: 308.382.9210
Fax: 308.382.1154