The Sarpy County Economic Development Corp. recently recognized Rotella’s Italian Bakery and the Metropolitan Utilities District for their support in growing the county’s economy.
The 18th annual Partner in Economic Development Award was presented to MUD for creating new jobs and investments in Sarpy County, and the group’s Business Progress Award was presented to Rotella’s for its significant contribution to economic growth and community involvement.
MUD has 208 employees who live in the Sarpy County area, more than 25 percent of its workforce. Across Sarpy County, the public utility provides water service to 35,290 customers in Bellevue and La Vista and gas service to 27,375 customers in Springfield and most of Bellevue.
Sarpy County EDC Chairman Dan Thiele said, in prepared remarks, that MUD is a proud partner with several chambers of commerce. Its employees show professionalism in responding to requests for information, calculating costs and other support to economic development projects.
“Water and gas along with sanitary sewer and telecommunications are critical infrastructure needed to carry out our mission of creating jobs and investment,” Thiele said.
Rotella’s operates production facilities in La Vista near 108th and Harrison streets in Oakdale Park, the county’s first fully-developed industrial park. The latest investment by the bakery is a recently completed gluten-free manufacturing plant, a 55,000-square-foot facility that is one of the largest gluten-free plants in the country.
“The total assessed valuation of the campus is just over $14 million,” Thiele said. “The Rotella family appreciates and realizes that all of their employees are an essential part in the success of their company’s mission and quality is inherent in everything that every employee does.”