Jobs & Economic Opportunity: Manufacturing a big part of Grand Island’s economy | Grand Island Local News

Penrose Machining is a precision manufacturing shop, producing custom parts for different industrial and automotive applications. Thirty people are on the staff. What makes Penrose Machining a vital manufacturing business in Grand Island is it supplies other manufacturers in the city and across the country important parts for their businesses, […]

Penrose Machining is a precision manufacturing shop, producing custom parts for different industrial and automotive applications. Thirty people are on the staff.

What makes Penrose Machining a vital manufacturing business in Grand Island is it supplies other manufacturers in the city and across the country important parts for their businesses, such as Case IH and Standard Iron, Johnson said.

Another manufacturer featured is Sunheat International Corp., a family-owned business that has been a part of the community since 1954.

Sunheat operates primarily in the electric industry within the electrical components sector allowing for creation of innovative products, such as infrared heaters, for global distribution.

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Johnson said manufacturing provides a wide variety of career opportunities in Grand Island.

Jobs such as those at Penrose and Sunheat comprise 24% of the Grand Island job market, she said.

Ricketts said Nebraska manufacturers support about 100,000 jobs.

“They grow Nebraska through their ingenuity and innovation,” Ricketts said. “Our manufacturers are developing products to deliver coronavirus vaccines and creating the next generation of high-tech agricultural machinery to help feed the world.”

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