- Groundbreaking fact: It’s big
By MIKE KONZ
Hub Managing Editor
KEARNEY — Tuesday’s ceremony at Baldwin Filters continues a four-year tide of building construction in Kearney.
Not counting new schools, since 2009 Kearney has seen 2.2 million square feet of building space added at a value of more than $200 million, according to city records.
Other notes from the Baldwin groundbreaking:
- At almost 400,000 square feet, the expansion at Baldwin Filters will be large enough for eight football fields. It will measure 750 feet by 500 feet.
- The $40 million price tag is the largest-ever investment by parent CLARCOR, aside from company acquisitions, said CLARCOR Chairman and CEO Chris Conway.
- The span from ceiling to floor will be 27 feet to allow room to store product and for sorting and distribution equipment to prepare shipments.
- Vice President of Operations Dan Schulte credited several Baldwin management team members with steering the expansion to its eventual groundbreaking: logistics manager Doug Hatfield, plant manager Kevin Barker, senior project engineer Stan Johnston, project engineer Vinnay Minnaparthy and President Sam Ferrise.
- Turning soil at Wednesday’s groundbreaking were Conway, Ferrise, Schulte, Tom Henning of the Economic Development Council of Buffalo County, Betty Warren of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse and Kearney City Manager Mike Morgan.
Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:15 pm
KEARNEY — Baldwin Filters broke muddy ground to ceremoniously kick off construction of a 400,000-square-foot expansion to its headquarters in east Kearney Wednesday.
“The filter gods smiled upon us, and the rain stopped and the sun shined,” Baldwin President Sam Ferrise joked.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:15 pm.