NEBCO’s operations span the state of Nebraska and supply the construction industry with the materials needed to construct buildings, streets and highways. The company’s business interests also include mining, highway and road construction, finance, real estate development, agriculture, transportation, recreation, railroading and warehousing. To view the complete list, click here.
Nebraska experienced significant changes during the twentieth century. The automobile replaced the horse and buggy. Dirt roads gave way to paved streets. State highways made room for the Interstate. One company, NEBCO, has been there every step of the way. For almost one hundred years we have been hard at work, Building Nebraska.
NEBCO traces its roots to Abel Construction Company, founded in 1908 by George P. Abel, Sr. With savings of $100, he purchased six heavy shovels, two steel wheelbarrows and one hand concrete mixer. The first jobs included the installation of a concrete floor in a large laundry facility and a concrete bridge and driveway at a private residence. Although the company started small, it soon expanded into state and municipal concrete paving and asphalt surfacing. In 1931, the company won the bid for concrete paving over sixty miles of the state highway system. Before the beginning of World War II, Abel Construction had singularly paved approximately 25 percent of Nebraska’s highways.
The next quarter century saw the company’s operations expand to include ready mixed concrete, concrete pipe, concrete block, fabrication of steel reinforcing bars, railroading, warehousing and farming. These companies established Abel Investment Company in 1949 separate from the construction company. In 1974, Abel Investment Company changed its name to NEBCO, Inc. Abel Construction Company continued in municipal and highway concrete and asphalt paving and in 1974 changed its name to Constructors, Inc.
Today, NEBCO is a third generation, family-owned and operated business. With about 1,000 employees and 21 companies working under its name, NEBCO has grown to become one of Nebraska’s largest privately owned firms.
As Nebraska has grown in the last century, so has NEBCO, building Nebraska in areas of concrete and construction materials, real estate, recreation, and philanthropy.
Innovation is a cornerstone of NEBCO that has been a part of our company from the beginning.
NEBCO engineers pioneered Nebraska’s use of fly ash – a by-product of coal-fired power plants – as a raw material for concrete production and as a soil stabilization material. Prior to this reclamation, fly ash was disposed of in landfills.
NEBCO engineered the use of powdered bulk material for dry, pre-mixed concrete products. Silos and bulk bags of Pro-Mix concrete allow mason contractors to be more productive.
NEBCO was one of the first to introduce self-consolidating concrete to Nebraska contractors eliminating the need for large and expensive vibrating equipment.
NEBCO was the first to manufacture concrete retaining walls in Nebraska, providing an unmatched beauty and functionality to Nebraska roadways, parks, and neighborhoods.
NEBCO continually works with design engineers at the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Roads to develop efficient short and long span prestressed concrete bridge girders and other bridge related products.
Committing ourselves to integrity, we will:
Provide quality products and unmatched service to our customers. We are committed to continually improving our products and services to keep current with the changes in our environment. We believe innovation and integrity form the foundation to building and maintaining customer relationships.
Provide stable and progressive employment for our employees. As a family-owned business, we understand and recognize the importance of family and promote the idea of a balanced work and personal life. From our very beginning, it has been the employees of NEBCO that have formed the solid foundation on which we have built.
Continually give back, in both financial and non-monetary ways to our community. Our success provides the opportunity to contribute to the well being of Nebraska and to make “The Good Life” even better. We work to maintain our reputation as a leader in the industry and continue to take pride in what we have become as a business and also continue the diversification of our history.