First tenant opens in McCook's industrial park
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Industrial Park welcomed flagship tenant Booe Machinery and Salvage Monday, triggering a paving project at the business park likely to entice additional tenants.
The new scrap-metal recycling facility is equipped for a wide base of customers, including individuals and businesses. It will accept anything from aluminum cans to car bodies, industrial and automotive scrap and even larger obsolete farm equipment.
The facility accepts both ferrous and non-ferrous metals for mill production, some of which will be cut and compacted on-site by the operation's three employees, before being loaded onto trailers for transport.
The facility utilizes a 11 foot by 50 foot truck scale and smaller pallet scales, as well a scrap material handler equipped with grapple and magnet, and of course a car crusher.
The business occupies approximately 7 acres of the 20 acre business park and constructed a new building with office space and bay areas for receiving, as well as an 8 foot metal fence around their entire operation.
Planning and construction for the business has taken more than a year to complete, but members of the family-owned business based in Atlanta, Nebraska, believe it was worth the effort.
"We feel we found the perfect location for the facility. The City of McCook and the McCook Economic Development Corp. have been great to work with. We believe the construction of the facility turned out great and will benefit the community greatly," said Ross Booe.
Booe Machinery and Salvage already has a working relationship with several local entities and hopes eliminating the transport distance to their Atlanta location, seven miles southwest of Holdrege, will foster those relationships even more.
"We are excited to be in the community. We have developed a good relationship with many customers in the McCook and surrounding areas already and look forward to providing them with the same level of service we have in the past. It should make it even more convenient for our patrons in this area," said Dan Booe.
As the first tenant in the business park behind Valmont Industries, the opening of Booe Machinery and Salvage has already resulted in a benefit to the community, given the progress made towards paving the main roadway into the park.
The joint development agreement between the City of McCook and MEDC allowed for an initial tenant in the business park without having to pave the roadway, however, the job creation and investment the Booe family made in the project qualified McCook for Community Development Block Grant funding for the business park.
"We seized the opportunity to complete the work, which will improve the business park and make it more attractive to businesses," said MEDC Executive Director Rex Nelson. Nelson said he appreciated the cooperation, patience and persistence the Booe family demonstrated in assisting with the grant application process.
Gov. Dave Heineman announced last week McCook was awarded $108,000 in CDBG funding to assist the paving project. Nelson said MEDC is putting up a match of $55,000 in cash and committed another $72,000 in LB840 funds to the paving project.
The original 20 acre development cost in excess of $180,000 and was also funded by MEDC.
Since the initial development the park has sat empty for more than a decade. Given the number of industrial businesses which have flocked to agricultural zoned property west of the McCook Orscheln Farm and Home in recent years, outspoken at City Council meetings about their desire for a paved roadway, it may very well be a smooth ride going forward not only for McCook Industrial Park tenants but also for MEDC's recruitment process. .
Booe Machinery and Salvage is open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closing for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information on the recycling business call 308-777-2027.