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SCC alumnus’ business awarded by Governor

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(L-R) Scott Volk, Scott Harms and Gov.Pete Ricketts

Hebron’s MetalQuest has been named 2020 Manufacturer of the Year (small division) by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry. MetalQuest’s President, Scott Harms, and Vice President, Scott Volk, are both graduates of Southeast Community College’s Milford Campus.

October is Manufacturing Month in Nebraska and Gov. Pete Ricketts traveled to Hebron to present the award to Harms, Volk and the rest of the MetalQuest employees.

“We are honored to receive the Nebraska Small Manufacturer of the Year Award,” Volk said. “It is a privilege to have our talented employees recognized for the hard work they do.”

Volk graduated from SCC in 1995 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Harms graduated in 1994 from the Machine Tool Technology program. MetalQuest was founded in 1996 and currently has 56 employees, with customers in 27 states. It produces tight-tolerance, precision-machined component parts for its customers.

“Manufacturing is important; people take for granted where it comes from,” Harms said. “If it’s physical and you can hold it in your hand, it comes from a manufacturing company somewhere, and there’s manufacturing companies all over the place.”

According to Harms and Volk, the company’s strength is in its employees who continue to adopt and implement the latest automation and technology, which keeps them competitive in the marketplace.

“Everyone in Nebraska knows that our number one industry is agriculture,” said Ricketts. “But what a lot of people don’t realize is manufacturing is our number two industry in the state of Nebraska.”

Nebraska has more than 1,500 manufacturers employing around 100,000 workers. One in 10 jobs is in manufacturing. The industry contributed more than $14 billion annually to Nebraska’s Gross State Product, according to the Nebraska Chamber.

For more information on SCC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, go to: https://www.southeast.edu/manufacturingtech/

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Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu