Majors Plastics of Omaha is shifting to a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan.

The plastics manufacturer has been a partially employee-owned company for several years and said expanding the plan will allow for more of its 500 employees to participate.

“Over the past 60 years,” said chairman and CEO Tim McConnell, “our business has successfully grown due to our core values of innovation, quality and customer service. We can only deliver on these core values because of our dedicated employees.”

Majors went through investment banking firm P&M Corporate Finance to complete the transaction.

Founded in 1953, Majors today has more than 226,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehousing and distributing space. The company specializes in making custom injection mold products and pad printing, ultrasonic welding, heat staking, assembly and specialized packaging.

In 2009, the company was named “Most Innovative Manufacturing Company” by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. — Emily Nohr

Metro gets fifth ‘Bank in a School’

U.S. Bank and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education are set to open the Omaha-Council Bluffs area’s fifth “Bank in a School” aimed at introducing the idea of saving at an early age.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hoover Elementary, 1205 N. Broadway in Council Bluffs, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The bank will be open once a week for savings deposits only. It will be staffed by Hoover Elementary student tellers and supervised by U.S. Bank employee volunteers. U.S. Bank will match a student’s first deposit of up to $5 to help him or her get started and provide incentives such as piggy banks and pens as students reach savings goals.

Team makes app for kids with autism

A Lincoln-based smartphone applications development company has teamed with a University of Nebraska Medical Center professor to produce an app that helps children with autism communicate better.

BehaviorApp LLC’s MySocius app, now available for download, is designed to supplement the professionals who specialize in treating speech and communication problems in children with autism.

“We wanted to develop something that could assist parents right in their homes, and we wanted something that was supported by research,” said Keith Allen, professor of psychology at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. “Naturalistic teaching that provides pictures of objects and prompts for parents fit all of these requirements.”

Evelyn Bartlett, BehaviorApp’s CEO, said the app puts “the experience of a professional like Dr. Allen into the hands of many families of children with autism.”

A limited number of apps, which retail for $24.99, are being offered free to families of children with autism. For more information, contact Craig Lutz-Prefect of BehaviorApp at or 402-423-2444.

Networking is topic of chamber speaker

Ellen Levy, named the “Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley” by, will speak at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Jan. 29.

The 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St., will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Levy, formerly of LinkedIn, is managing director of Silicon Valley Connect, a company that creates programs, services and initiatives meant to build bridges between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. Levy will share practical tips on how networked innovation can make a difference in doing business.

In addition, David Brown, chamber president and CEO, will present the following awards:

Chairman’s Award of Excellence: Brian Gubbels, DataShield Corp.; Headliner of the Year Award: Silicon Prairie News; and Volunteer of the Year Award: Roger Christianson, Omaha Public Power District.

Tickets are $75 a person for members (with $45 of each a charitable contribution) or $100 for nonmembers. Tables for 10 are for sale, and buyers can fill all 10 seats or fill nine and have an entrepreneur assigned.

Reservations are due by Jan. 22 online at

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