The fate of Sidney-based outdoors retailer Cabela’s and its employees is still uncertain, but state and city economic development officials have recruited a new business to the western Nebraska town of about 7,000.
Lukjan Metal Products is slated to purchase a building formerly occupied by wiring plant CommScope, which closed last year, and open by July 1. Lukjan plans to hire at least 30 people to staff the plant, including a plant manager, maintenance manager and supervisors. The company plans to invest more than $8 million into the purchase of the new building and renovations.
The Commscope plant employed roughly 140 when it closed.
Lukjan plans to apply for funding via the state’s Customized Job Training Program and for a Community Development Block Grant in connection with the creation of jobs.
The company manufactures sheet metal pipe, duct and fittings for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning wholesale market. Its flagship plant is in Conneaut, Ohio. The company also has facilities in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin; and Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Lukjan officials said in a press release that they chose Sidney due to its strong workforce, availability of economic incentives in Nebraska and Sidney’s location in the central Plains.