Around 180 people turned out Sunday night for the Cuming County Economic Development annual awards dinner at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point.
Four groups of students from the county competed in the Bright Ideas competition. The winning group was called “Cornbaggers” consisting of Kelcee Bacon, Keah Taylor, Derek Petz and Mitchell Lierman.
West Point Design was named the Manufacturer of the Year for Cuming County.
West Point Design was formed in 1993 as a result of Du-AL Manufacturing pulling out of the spreader business. At the time, West Point Implement had 44 Du-Al model 800’s in Cuming County.
Cuming County was number one in the country at the time for Du-Al model 800s. In the time since then, Spread-All Manure Spreaders have grown to be the golden standard for heavy duty, industrial manure spreaders in the world.
West Point Entrepreneur of the Year for West Point is Brian Kreikemeier with B&B Video/Best Point Design.
Brian has started three businesses over the past 30 years. Each business has become a success and grown through the years. He recently sold one of the businesses, The Wedding Storytellers, to a young entrepreneur that had worked for him.
He continues to operate B&B Video traveling across the state to capture special moments in peoples lives or help with marketing a business.
His desire to give back to the community is seen in many aspects of his life whether through his professional life or personal life. He created a business, Best Point Design, to engage high school students in the business of web design. Best Point Design not only helps students master the art of designing websites but also fulfills the need businesses have to marketing their products/services.
Bancroft’s Entrepreneur of the Year is Adam Rief, of Rief Design/RM Sales/Triple C.
After graduating from UNL’s mechanized system program in 2008, Adam returned to his hometown of Bancroft. He worked along his dad at Rief Design.
In early 2017 Adam partnered with Jon Toft to purchase Triple C products. This opportunity gave them a larger manufacturing area and machinery to expand operations.
The custom-built equipment that is designed and manufactured at Rief Design is sold across the country.
According to his nomination letter, Adam is constantly seeking new, creative ways to expand and grow his business in order to benefit his community and communities in the area.
Jeremy Uhing is the Community Entrepreneur of the Year for Wisner.
Jeremy is a forward thinker as stated in his nomination letter. He is always cultivating new ideas and opportunities for the betterment of his community.
He started his own business, Jeremy Uhing Trucking in 2010. He offers many services such as commodities hauling, side dump hauls and gravel for drives and roads.
Beemer’s Community Entrepreneur of the Year is Stan Ortmeier. Stan is a valuable asset to the Beemer community as well as the surrounding area for numerous reasons.
He owns and operates Ortmeier Construction, Ortmeier Heating and Plumbing, Ortmeier True-Value and Schlickbernd’s Appliance in Beemer which allows area residents to shop locally rather than going to the “big box” stores.
Recently the company purchased the West Point Home Center in order to expand the West Point True-Value store as well as meet the continuous supply demands of local contractors and residents.
Basically, Stan Ortmeier and Company can build or expand your home, furnish your home and fix any heating and plumbing issues you may have.