Garner Industries Honored as a 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award Recipient

Four members of the Garner Wellness committee holding their award plaque

Garner Industries was recognized by Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Wellness Awards in the Grower category. Garner Industries is one of 42 Nebraska employers honored for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs to its employees.

“The businesses recognized today are putting people first and are making the workplace a healthy environment,” Governor Ricketts said. “Worksite wellness provides an opportunity for Nebraskans to live healthy lives, improve quality of life, and help grow a healthier Nebraska for the next generation.”

“In the past year, award recipients increased the percentage of people meeting Surgeon General Guidelines for Physical Activity by more than 11 percent, reduced tobacco use by 19 percent, and increased those meeting fruit and vegetable consumption guidelines by four percent. Great work also continues to manage stress and improve culture within these organizations.”

This year marks the 12th year recognizing businesses that dedicate leadership, resources, and time to wellness efforts in the workplace. The application process is designed to recognize businesses that have planted and nurtured the seed for wellness within their organization. Each applicant must provide information in the areas of leadership, data collection, intervention strategies, policy/environment support, and evaluation of outcomes.

The Governor’s Wellness Award has three categories. The Sower Award recognizes workplaces that have established quality wellness programs; the Grower Award honors businesses and organizations demonstrating significant improvement in employee health behaviors; and the Harvester award recognizes businesses that are experiencing documented value and return on investment. Including this year’s winners, 466 total awards have been distributed across the state.

Garner named Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer of the Year

Garner Chairman of the Board Phil Mullin accepts award from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln, NE – Garner Industries was presented the award for Lincoln Manufacturer of the Year by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at this year’s Celebrate Business award luncheon.

The award serves to bring attention to Lincoln’s manufacturing community and the contributions made to Lincoln both economically and socially.

Chairman of the Board Phil Mullin accepted the award on behalf of Garner. “We export to 55+ countries, and Lincoln is a good place to do business,” explains Mullin. “We have very bright people in Nebraska, we have good colleges, and a good community college – so we’re fortunate.”

Garner industries is a diversified manufacturing company with a 66-year history as part of the Lincoln business community. Today, Garner serves global customers with custom molds, plastic and metal parts, and BinMaster level sensors.

“Good companies are made up of good people,” adds Mullin. Garner industries employs more than 140 individuals in its 115,000-square foot facility at the corner of 98th Street and Cornhusker Highway.

Garner Industries Awards 2019 Educational Scholarships

2019 Garner Industry scholarship recipients

At the annual employee recognition breakfast on July 24, Garner Industries Chairman of the Board Phil Mullin and CEO Scott McLain recognized this year’s Garner educational scholarship recipients.

Established in 2018, the educational scholarship is intended to provide support for dependents of Garner employees enrolled full-time in post-secondary education.

This year Garner awarded $2500 scholarships to the following students (left to right):

  • Megan Grube – second year student in the BSN program at Bryan College of Health Sciences.
  • Reuben Erickson – second year student pursuing a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in International Relations at Drake University.
  • Elizabeth Do – first year student studying Management in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Garner Industries goes extra mile for child hunger

The Garner Industries team poses at the 2019 Backpack Walk kickoff

From the Lincoln Journal Star – June 1, 2019

The Garner Industries team showed up in force for the Lincoln Public Schools BackPack Extra Mile Walk this spring at Lincoln East. The 2019 Garner Challenge school winners – showing most improved fundraising from the year before – were Moore Middle School, Lincoln Southeast High School, Randolph Elementary School, Park Middle School, Wysong Elementary School and Pershing Elementary School. The 2019 event raised more than $180,000 for the Food Bank of Lincoln’s child hunger programs. Garner contributes $20,000 each year as an Extra Mile sponsor.
Author: Mark Schwaninger

Randy Feese Named Plant Manager for Garner Industries

(Lincoln, Nebraska—October 24, 2018) Randy Feese has been promoted to plant manager at Garner Industries. However, he is no newcomer to Garner or directing complex plastics manufacturing operations and managing quality-certified operations.

Randy joined Garner in March 2016 as project engineer to manage the design and installation of a large and complex injection molding work cell that incorporated three 500-ton presses, an automated gasketing operation, extensive use of robotics, and the installation of three resin silos, and a pneumatic conveying system. In 2017, he was charged with supervising Garner’s 40,000 square-foot facility expansion and the relocation of the work cell he completed the previous year. Most recently, Randy has helped optimize production processes, focusing on cycle time reduction and process improvement projects in the molding department.

Prior to working for Garner, Randy spent 15 years as the plant manager of Opus Medication Systems in Omaha, Nebraska. His professional experience also includes six years at the global corporation Accuma, as plant manager of their Beatrice, Nebraska operation. 

Randy is now responsible for all Garner’s plant manufacturing operations, including plastics molding, CNC, tooling, maintenance, safety, facilities, jobshop customer service, and supply chain management. Additionally, he will oversee the manufacturing operation of the global BinMaster level sensor product line.

Garner Industries Receives Spirit Safety Award

Nebraska Safety Council Spirit Safety Award

The Nebraska Safety Council awarded Garner Industries the Spirit Safety Award on October 10 at the 2018 Nebraska Safety Council Conference.

Awards are chosen by an independent committee of volunteer Council member company safety professionals and are based on statistical data, training activities and risk management.

Garner Industries, an employer of over 130 individuals in Lincoln, Nebraska, is dedicated to quality and safety in its manufacturing processes. Established in 1953, Garner is certified to ISO 9001 quality management systems – requirements.

Garner is also certified to The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), designed to provide incentives and support to employers to develop, implement and continuously improve effective safety and health programs at their work site. SHARP provides recognition for employers who demonstrate exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health.

Garner Industries Announces Recipients of New Educational Scholarship

BinMaster Educational Scholarship winners 2018

Garner Industries CEO Scott McLain announced the first-ever recipients of the Garner Industries Scholarship at Garner’s annual employee appreciation breakfast on Thursday, July 19. This educational scholarship was established to provide support for children of Garner Industries employees who are enrolled full-time in an associates or undergraduate program.

This year Garner was proud to award four $2,500 scholarships to the following students:

  • Nhu Tran is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an expected graduation in December 2020.
  • Constance Cushman is completing general education requirements this year at Southeast Community College. She plans to transfer to the University of Nebraska to complete her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.
  • Tyson Krehnke will be a senior accounting major at Nebraska Wesleyan. Tyson plans to pursue a CPA.
  • Tony Ong will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a freshman this fall, majoring in computer science.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, community engagement, and educational goals. Garner Industries plans to continue to award the Garner Scholarship on an annual basis as a part of its ongoing initiative of supporting employees and their families.

Garner Industries Named Nebraska Manufacturer of 2017

Garner accepted the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce award for 2017 manufacturer of the year

Garner Industries of Lincoln has been named Nebraska’s mid-sized manufacturer of the year by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The company was honored Thursday, Oct. 12, at the State Chamber’s Manufacturing and Distribution Executive Summit held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year award has been presented annually since 2008 to Nebraska manufacturers that successfully implement innovative ways of conducting business using new products, processes, technologies and strategies. 

Garner Industries is a diverse manufacturing company with a 64-year history. The company was established in 1953 as a small tool and die company in the Havelock area. In the mid-1960s, the company embarked on development of an automated grain bin level monitoring system, which gave birth to the BinMaster line of level control technologies.  

The company employs more than 130 individuals in its plastic injection molding, mold manufacturing, CNC machining and BinMaster level sensor manufacturing operations. Its products are sold in diverse industries, including agriculture, construction, cement, mining, biofuels and food processing. In September of 2017, Garner Industries completed the expansion of its campus at 98th street and Cornhusker Highway. It now occupies a 115,000-square foot facility located on 32 acres.