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SCC Welding Class Registration

Posted 2/7/2015 by FCEdge

Southeast Community College is holding a welding class beginning April 14, 2015.

Southeast Community College Survey

Posted 1/27/2015 by FCEdge

Southeast Community College is seeking community input from all 15 counties within their service area. The purpose of this survey is to assess community needs for higher education programs and services. Please fill out the survey. Responses are anonymous and will be shared in summary form. Please click on the following link to enter the survey:

2014 Investor of the Year

Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge

The Annual EDGE Banquet was held on January 7, 2015.  This years Investors of the Year are WASP Inc. and Merz Farm Equipment. Congratulations to the 2014 Investors of the Year.

WASP Inc. celebrated its 25th year in Falls City with a nod from the Nebraska Diplomats as the “2014 Nebraska Business of the Year”! Governor Dave Heineman recognized WASP for their corporate citizenship at a banquet honoring this growing Falls City industry. WASP celebrated substantial job growth by surpassing the 100 employee mark in 2014 after slow but steady growth over the last decade which includes the addition of 76 jobs. WASP has also made a significant investment---totaling ½ million dollars----in equipment that will help them work smarter and faster as well as a 40X60 building expansion which gives them room to grow.

Merz Farm Equipment celebrated 2014 in style by unveiling a ½ million dollar investment that was more than a year in the making. The Grand Opening celebration welcomed 400 guests who toured the 4000 square foot expansion that modernized the business and has given Falls City’s northern corridor a grand new showpiece. The upgrades include a new showroom, high tech conference room, new offices, customer lounge and service office. Merz Farm Equipment has realized three generations of strong leadership and they are committed to giving their customers the best experience in the business. 2015 will mark their 30th year at this location and we look for continued success and growth from this Massey dealer.

Wilderness Falls Public Hearing

Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge

Excel Housing will be holding a Public Hearing in the EDGE office on January 28, 2014.  Please stop by the office to learn more about Phase II of the Wilderness Falls Housing Development.

New Investors

Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge

EDGE would like to Welcome our newest investors:  

Randy and Lori Gottula 
Michael and Brenda Garriott

Local investments, from the public and private sectors, helped catapult this organization to unprecedented success and we’re always excited to have new investors join this effort.    

Welding Class

Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge

welding poster.pdf

Southeast Community College Continuing Education will hold a third Gas Metal Arc Welding Class at Falls City High School.  The class will be held from April 14-May 9, 2015 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's from 5:00-8:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  The cost for the class is $465.00.  Students' personal safety gear is required and can be purchased at your local farm store. The items needed are welding gloves, safety glasses, helmet, pliers, burn jacket, boots and vise grip.

For more information on this class, please contact:  

Amy Chesley
Continuing Education
301 S. 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE 68510
800-828-0072, ext 2711
Fax:  402-437-2703

Falls City Healthcare Community Career Fair

Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge

Become a Nursing Assistant! Career Fair Thursday, January 29, 2015 2:00 pm-7:00 pm at 2800 Towle Street.  Opportunities for development and advancement; competitive wages & benefits package; meaningful work; paid education and training. For more information call 402-245-5252.

Gold Star Sausage Coming to Falls City!

Posted 11/18/2014 by Falls City EDGE


 Gold Star Sausage Company Planning Falls City Location


 (Falls City, Nebraska – November 16, 2014) Falls City Economic Development and Growth Enterprise (EDGE), is pleased to announce Gold Star Sausage Co. is planning a Falls City location for its private label production of hot dogs and sausages of all varieties.  The USDA certified production facility will be located in the Industrial Park at 810 East 5th St. The business has outgrown its Colorado facility and is looking to grow its national distribution as well as capitalize on export. President Rick Rue notes, “We are excited about this multi-million dollar project which will include significant capital investment, infrastructure upgrades,  and the creation of 40+ new employment opportunities.  We look forward to opening the Falls City, NE location early in 2015.”  The jobs being created are in the food processing industry and will include managers, quality assurance, maintenance, production, line supervisors, and office personnel.


Gold Star Sausage has been a family owned business since 1936 and is proud to say they use only fresh, domestically produced, beef and pork trimmings.  Their batch cook process and quick freeze techniques combine old-world craftsmanship with modern day efficiencies.  “Falls City EDGE welcomes Gold Star Sausage to the community and we appreciate their contribution to the economic health and vitality of the region,” stated EDGE Executive Director, Beckie Cromer.  “Gold Star Sausage is a great company and we look forward to this project continuing to move forward in the coming months.”


For more information on Gold Star Sausage please visit their website at

Wilderness Falls, Phase II Pre-Applications

Posted 11/12/2014 by Falls City EDGE

PRESS RELEASE: Wilderness Falls, Phase II Pre-Applications

Falls City EDGE is currently accepting pre-applications for Wilderness Falls - Phase II.  Phase II of the project will consist of 14 duplexes - 8 three-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units, complete with a community room. Wilderness Falls provides income-based, maintenance-free housing for seniors 55+.


If interested, please stop by or call the Falls City EDGE office at:

1705 Stone Street

Falls City, NE 68355


Open House at New FSA Building

Posted 10/23/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Please join us in celebrating the new Richardson County Farm Services Agency building!

The office will be hosting an Open House on
Wednesday, Decemember 3rd, 2014 from 11:00AM - 4:30PM.

FCPS Board Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Education

Posted 10/15/2014 by MSC News

Click the link to read about the Falls City Public School Board's 2014 Presidential Award!  

EDGE Newsletter - Volume IV - 2014

Posted 10/8/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Headlines in this issue:

  • WASP 'Business of the Year' Award
  • First Welding Class
  • Home for Sale
  • Vantec Celebration
  • Help Wanted
  • Falter Museum
  • Upcoming Events
  • K & F Welding
  • CGB Expansion
  • Lane Leadership
  • Executive Director's Message

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Merz Farm Equipment Hiring!

Posted 10/7/2014 by Falls City EDGE


Customer Service/Shipping & Receiving

Job Description:

This position's primary objective is to assist the parts counter employees in making sure the customers are taken care of.  This position will also include ordering parts, inventory of parts, notifying the customers, parts invoicing among other services provided by our parts department.

Job Qualifications:

Good customer service skills, Ability to work with public, Simple computer skills


Vacation, Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, Health Insurance, Retirement Plan including Corporate Investment

Merz Farm Equipment, Inc. is a Massey Ferguson dealer located in Falls City, NE.  The family owned dealership was started in 1953.  The Merz family is easy to work for, our scheduling is flexible, we offer the benefits of a large corporation within a family orientated business.  

Apply in person or contact Mitch Merz -
P.O. Box 490 - 110 West 35th Street - Falls City, NE 68355

(402) 245-2419 –


Governor Heineman Attending the Falter Museum Ribbon Cutting Event

Posted 9/10/2014 by Falls City EDGE

The Falter Museum Committee has been working tirelessly to bring to life the vision of a museum dedicated to John P. Falter's famous work.  Construction has begun at the future museum site located at 1624 Stone Street, with an anticipated date of completion scheduled for the end of November. 

To celebrate the progress of the project, the Falter Museum Committee is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Event featuring Key Note Speaker Governor Dave Heineman!  Hors d'oevres will be served and the public is invited to attend!

Date:         Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Time:         4:30PM
Location: Falter Museum
                   1624 Stone Street
                   Falls City, NE 68355


WASP, Inc. Awarded "Business of the Year" at Nebraska Diplomats Weekend

Posted 9/9/2014 by Nebraska Department of Economic Development


CONTACT: Kate Ellingson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-1749, or



NE Diplomats host 47th Passport Weekend


SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend got underway Friday afternoon and evening with­­­ 320 people attending the CEO Roundtable and evening banquet at The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.


The 2014 CEO Roundtable panelists were Kris Kulver, Founder, Social Media Contractors in Omaha, and Alli Pane, Social Media Coordinator, Hudl, in Lincoln who talked about the benefits of social media in business; and how their company and/or clients specifically use social media in terms of employee attraction efforts, strategies involved, internal and external communications, and creative uses.


The Diplomats hosted company representatives from Belgium, California, China, Colorado, Illinois, Japan, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Spain, and Texas.


Governor Dave Heineman presented the following Diplomats’ annual awards during the Friday evening banquet:


Diplomat of the Year—Wayne McKinney, Kearney

Community of the Year—City of Norfolk

Businesses of the Year—WASP, Inc., Falls City, Hexagon-Lincoln, Lincoln, and NebraskaLand National Bank, North Platte

Power In The Partnership—Nebraska Trucking Association, Lincoln

The Ambassador Plenipotentiary Award was presented to a surprised Gov. Heineman

The 2014 Banquet also marked the induction of the following new Diplomats:


•Grand Island—Denise McGovern-Gallagher, McGovern-Gallagher Consulting

•Lincoln—Jennifer Brinkman, Tetrad Property Group

•North Platte—Traci Dugan, Trego Dugan Jet Management

•Omaha—Harry Hou, New Grand Ocean International, LLC, and Leonard Sommer, Hancock & Dana PC

•Wahoo—Mark Bohac, Behlen Mfg. Co.


With a membership of 286 business executives and community leaders, the Nebraska Diplomats Inc. is the largest economic development organization in Nebraska. For more information, visit

2014 WASP Job Fair!

Posted 9/8/2014 by Falls City EDGE

JOB FAIR 2014!

Sponsored by Staffing Services, Inc. and WASP, Inc.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Time:        12:00PM- 6:30PM
                 1301 E. 4th Street
                 Falls City, NE 68355


$2000 SIGN ON BONUS with WASP!

Questions? Please contact: Sherry at Staffing Services
                                       122 W. 17th Street
Falls City, NE 68355

FREE Welding Class!

Posted 9/3/2014 by Falls City EDGE

FREE Welding Class
Upgrade Your Skills Now!

   Southeast Community College, in collaboration with
   Falls City High School, is offering a second FREE
   Gas Arc Welding (MIG)  class! 
   HURRY into the Falls City EDGE office (1705 Stone Street)
   for your registration form.

   Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
   Click for more information!

EDGE Newsletter - Volume III - 2014

Posted 7/2/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Headlines in this Issue

  • Welding Class
  • EDGE/Chamber/Main Street Open House
  • Falls City Earns Recertification
  • Corporate Visits
  • Falls City Tops Homeowners List
  • Brenner Field Improvements
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • Executive Director's Message

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FREE Welding Class!

Posted 6/11/2014 by Falls City EDGE

FREE Welding Class
Upgrade Your Skills Now! 

Southeast Community College, in collaboration with Falls City High School,
is offering a FREE Gas Arc Welding (MIG) class! 

HURRY into the Falls City EDGE office (1705 Stone Street) for your
registration form.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Click here for more information!

Falls City 9th in Nebraska's 'Best Places for Homeownership'

Posted 5/30/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Nerd Wallet, a consumer advocacy website focused on providing consumers with unbiased information regarding credit cards, mortgages, retirement accounts and insurance, ranked Falls City the 9th 'Best Place in Nebraska for Home Ownership'.  Click the link to read the story:

Falls City Recertified for 5 More Years

Posted 5/28/2014 by Nebraska Dept.of Economic Development


Falls City recertified for five more years

MAY 27, 2014 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—Falls City, Neb., has earned recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program for another five years. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).

Falls City (pop. 4,300) has been very active since first earning its certification designation in 2009.

“It’s exciting to see all the tremendous development that’s taken place in Falls City since the community endeavored to first become certified,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Dan Shundoff.  “Given their laser focus on and commitment to growing their community, it will be fun to see just how far they take it during the next five years.”         

The city’s EDGE business retention and expansion program (which includes yearly corporate headquarter visits) helped grow the area’s industrial base through projects that included:

•A multi-million-dollar, three-plus-mile track expansion for Herzog Railroad Services, Inc., that has enabled the company to store and switch out approximately 425 cars, and doubled its storage capabilities.

•Airlanco’s acquisition of a 17,700 sq. ft. research and development building, addition of a new second work shift, and hiring of 17 new employees, bringing the current workforce to 92. Airlanco, a division of AG Growth International, specializes in aeration, airauger, filtration, pneumatic conveying, and replacement parts manufacturing.

•WASP, Inc.’s employment growth from 33 in 2010 to 92 today with more growth on the horizon.  WASP bills itself as the world's largest non-powered ground support equipment manufacturer for airlines, ground handling and cargo companies.

Vantec’s 40,000 sq. ft. facility in Falls City, capable of holding 20 injection molding presses and doubling in size to 80,000-sq.-ft., operates 24-7 to keep up with client demand.

•A local industry, Ames True Temper, plans to invest millions of dollars in equipment upgrade and infrastructure improvements in 2014.

Falls City’s EDGE program also has been a catalyst for new development in Richardson County throughout the past five years, with more than $250 million in projects spanning industrial growth, workforce development, housing, infrastructure improvement, and business retention and expansion.

“EDGE investors and the leadership in our community have been critical to the progress we’ve made over these past five years,” said Bar Keller, EDGE president. “Falls City/Richardson County is well positioned for continued success, and with sustained collaboration and action, we will create the most powerful, long-lasting, generational change. EDGE is proud to serve as a catalyst for development in this region.”

Falls City EDGE Vice President of Marketing and Sales Kevin Malone said, “Falls City EDGE has played a major role in sowing the seeds of change by helping to secure key strategic investments and partnerships, fostering the expansion of local businesses, attracting new business and investment, and preparing the region for future growth. We are seeing real dividends and with the positive environment we are operating in, we believe anything is possible.”

The City’s newest industry, Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) opened in September 2013. The project included significant infrastructure upgrades, including water, sewer, gas, electric, rail and highway access. CGB invested $25 million-plus in this site, which offers room for expansion for additional business investments.

Falls City collaborated with regional partners to secure federal and state funding for improving infrastructure related to enhancing connectivity to Interstate 29, including a new, expanded Missouri River bridge at Rulo. Approximately $32 million was invested in this project, which opened to traffic September 2013.

Communities exhibiting economic development readiness are eligible to earn certification once approved by a review committee. Communities are judged against standards including organization, local industry target identification and workforce issues, infrastructure, local financing and business assistance, as well as child care.

Summer Welding Class Scholarship Criteria

Posted 4/17/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Scholarships made possible by WASP, Inc. and Falls City EDGE will be awarded to qualified applicants!

Please click the link below for more information, including scholarship criteria and how to apply:

Welding Class Scholarship Criteria

Don't delay...the registration deadline for the class in May 22nd!

Southeast Community College Summer Welding Class

Posted 4/16/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) class will be offered this summer at Falls City High School! 

Two convenient options to apply:
1. Apply online via SCC
2. Print the registration form and mail to SCC

Click the link below for instructions to register online OR print your registration form.
Southeast Community College Registration Form.pdf

Invest in your future today! 

EDGE Newsletter - Volume II - April 2014

Posted 4/7/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Headlines in this Issue

  • Ames True Temper Update
  • 2013 Governor's Cup
  • New EDGE Grant Funding
  • Business/Industry Week Spotlight
  • Sacred Heart Supports Falls City
  • NEDA Legislative Day
  • 2014 GEAPS Expo
  • Falls City Recertification
  • Housing Update
  • Falter Museum Project
  • Southeast Nebraska Career Fair
  • UNL Extension/Falls City High School Partnership
  • Summer Welding Class
  • Meet Kristy Dixon

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Job Fair at WASP, Inc.

Posted 4/7/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Calling all Assembly Workers, Paint Preppers, Welders and Service Techs...

Business/Industry Week BBQ with WASP!

Posted 4/1/2014 by Falls City EDGE


Falls City Economic Development Growth and Enterprise, Inc. (EDGE)
1705 Stone Street|P.O. Box 574|Falls City, NE 68355|Phone: 402.245.2105|Fax: 402.245.2106|Email