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      Chief Industries and Orthman Manufacturing Honored in Manufacturing

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      Chief Industries, Inc. of Grand Islandand Orthman Manufacturing, Inc. of Lexington are the recipients of the 2012Innovation in Manufacturing Award for Nebraska.

      The companies werehonored at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry'sManufacturers Council held in Grand Island.

      The Innovation in Manufacturing Award issponsored by the State Chamber and McGladrey and is presented annually toNebraska manufacturers who successfully implement new ways of conductingbusiness through the use of products, processes, technologies and strategies.

      "It's an honor to recognize ChiefIndustries and Orthman Manufacturing with this award," said Barry Kennedy,president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. "The spiritof innovation implemented by both of these companies gives us another reason tobe proud of our manufacturing base in Nebraska, and it illustrates whymanufacturers are helping pave the path to economic recovery."

      Gov. Dave Heineman has proclaimedthe week of Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 as Manufacturing Week in Nebraska.

      Thestate's manufacturing sector plays a vital role in Nebraska's local economiesby employing nearly 125,000 Nebraskans and producing more than $10 billion inannual output, according to data collected by the Nebraska Chamber and itsaffiliate, the National Association of Manufacturers.

      The State Chamber isNebraska's largest business association, representing employers of all sizes,as well as local chambers of commerce and other associations.

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