Matching grants offered by LES

Lincoln Electric System said Wednesday it will offer matching grants for businesses or others who want to install publicly available electric vehicle charging stations.

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy recently announced the availability of approximately $1.2 million in funds allocated to the state as part of a national settlement with Volkswagen over diesel emissions violations.

NDEE is accepting applications until Nov. 15 for rebates for publicly available electric vehicle charging stations in Nebraska. The program will cover 80% of the cost of a DC Fast Charging Station and 50% of the cost of a Level 2 Charging Station.

LES said it will offer additional funds to split the remaining cost of equipment — offering an additional 10% reimbursement for each DC Fast Charging Station and 25% for each Level 2 Charging Station — at locations where the public will see the greatest benefits, such as highway corridors and community, commercial or workplace locations.

Manufacturer cites a next venture

A Greenwood manufacturing company on Wednesday announced it has started a new company.

KZValve, which makes valves for the agricultural and industrial industries, said it has partnered with Prota Ventures of Chicago to create 80Labs West LLC, a technology and manufacturing company that will be based in Greenwood.

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80West Labs already has one product, the Vessi home beer fermentation system, which it purchased from Whirlpool Corp. in June.

KZValve had previously worked with Whirlpool to design a solution for Whirlpool to improve the sediment removal system for the original Vessi.

80Labs West, which gets its name from Interstate 80, said it will continue to service customers of the original Vessi while also working to come up with new products in the home and craft brewing industries.

Hy-Vee recalling Asian Entrees

AHy-Vee has announced a voluntary recall of seven of its Hy-Vee Mealtime Asian Entrees after discovering the liquid egg used to make the fried rice contains milk, which is not declared on the product label.

The dishes came in 16- or 20-oz. plastic containers and have best-if-used-by dates of Sept. 14 or Sept. 15.

Hy-Vee said there have been no confirmed reports of any illnesses related to use of the products.

The product was distributed to Hy-Vee grocery stores across its eight-state region of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Iowa-based chain has five stores in Lincoln and several others in Nebraska.

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