In 1984, on a farm in Madison County, Nebraska, Leon Weiland built one of the first fiberglass doors for the meat-packing industry. The company grew on that farm for more than 20 years, increasing sales and providing high quality products and customer service.
While still often referred to as “Weiland Doors,” today’s Weiland Inc. remains a family-owned and operated company which manufactures specialized, industrial doors and windows. Their engineering efforts are concentrated on applications for inspected meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy facilities throughout North America.
In 2017, the need to consolidate operations and streamline manufacturing capabilities led the partners to a new site outside of Norfolk, Neb., along U.S. Highway 81. Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, State Senator Jim Scheer, and other dignitaries assisted in the groundbreaking ceremony.
“The story of our business is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Rob Haake, partner at Weiland Doors. “We’ve been blessed to have such a solid company foundation, such loyal customers, and such talented employees. We genuinely build the toughest doors in the world, and we have a lot of fun doing so.”
The expansion and consolidation will result in more efficient work flow, added safety, more work stations, as well as modern breakroom and workforce amenities to assist with recruitment and retention of workers. The new, expanded facility and location also gives the company more visibility, accessibility to workforce, and room for future growth.
Because Weiland Inc. is definitely growing.
The nationally known brand name and company boasts an impressive list of food industry customers such as Blue Apron, ConAgra Foods, Tyson, Starbucks, In-N-Out Burger, Panera Bread, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Cargill, and Campbell Soup, among many others. In 2016 Weiland Inc. shipped manufactured product to construction sites in 36 states and Canada.
As a family owned company, Weiland, Inc. takes pride in its world-class team of 24 employees. With the expansion, the company expects to add 10 new jobs and occupy the new facility in early 2018.
Partners who helped with the expansion project, include Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Business Development Center, Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, Nebraska Economic Development Corporation/Small Business Association, utility providers and Madison County among others.
The new facility will be served electrically by Elkhorn Rural Public Power District.