A Sidney firm and a Crawford company were two of the eleven individuals and businesses named in Third District Congressman Adrian Smith’s 2018 Excellence in Economic Development Awards.
Lukjan Metal of Sidney was honored for helping to strengthen Nebraska communities through innovation, hard work, entrepreneurship, and historic preservation. And Butler Professional Farrier School in Crawford got the nod for their commitment to providing quality, intensive educational experiences to students and current professional farriers.
The winners will be recognized by Smith before the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lukjan Metal Products is a family owned and operated business which has been manufacturing high quality sheet metal pipe, duct, and fittings for the wholesale HVAC industry since February 1964. Opening their Sidney location in early 2017, the family-owned company is proud to provide 30 jobs currently, with plans to nearly double this capacity by 2021. Lukjan believed Sidney provided an excellent expansion opportunity which allowed their company access to the Denver market.
Led by Dr. Doug Butler and his sons, Peter and Jacob, the internationally recognized Butler Professional Farrier School is committed to providing quality, intensive educational experiences to students and current professional farriers. Rooted in blacksmithing techniques dating back to medieval Europe when teaching horse shoe fabrication, the Butler family provides a 21st century educational experience focused on the health and viability of the horse and its feet as their primary concern. When asked what he appreciates about their profession, Butler has said, “there is a heritage in the craft, and I like this style for that reason. There is as much art as there is science; that’s what I enjoy the most about it.”