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A Seward company that produces electrical transmission equipment has been named one of two Nebraska Manufacturers of the Year by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Hughes Brothers Inc., which was named the small manufacturer of the year, just celebrated its 100th anniversary last week.

The company got its start building electrical transmission lines, including the first 115-kilovolt transmission line from Columbus to North Platte in the early 1930s.

“It’s a big custom job shop. That’s how we started, and that’s what we still do today,” said John Hughes, president of Hughes Brothers.

Hughes Brothers

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts presents the Small Manufacturer of the Year Award to Hughes Brothers Inc. President John Hughes at the state Chamber's Manufacturing Summit on Tuesday. Also pictured (left to right) are: Chantel Denker, Hughes Brothers human resources manager; Jana Hughes, wife of John Hughes; Lynda Hughes, wife of Ted Hughes, Patty Roth, company secretary/treasurer; Ted Hughes, plant superintendent; and Matt Stryson, plant engineer.

The company's products now include wood, metal and fiberglass framing and fixtures; engineering services; and even storm restoration kits. It has 275 employees.

BD's Broken Bow plant was named the Chamber's large manufacturer of the year.

The plant, which has been in operation since 1960 and employs 625 workers, makes blood and urine collection devices.

The Chamber's manufacturing awards recognize Nebraska manufacturing plants that implement innovative ways to conduct business through the use of products, processes, technologies and strategies

“Nebraska manufacturers have been answering the call to solve America’s toughest challenges for decades. Hughes Brothers and BD are two shining examples of that ingenuity at work,” said Bryan Slone, the state chamber's president. “We’re so proud to have these companies operating and expanding in our communities.”

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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