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Chance Ireland (left) and Anthony Hollier with Lockers Bleachers Cabinets out of Warm Springs, Ga., are installing the bleachers in the new high school gym. They and a third worker are living in a hotel in Fremont while installing three sets of bleachers in NBC schools.

NBC building project pumps dollars into local economy

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/19/14

The additions to North Bend Central high school and the elementary school will have a nice impact on the students and community.

Another effect the building of these school additions has been a positive impact on the North Bend-Morse Bluff economy. More than $134,000 has been poured into local businesses during the construction project over the past year.

There were a number of local businesses used by general contractor D.R. Anderson during the construction. Gabe Stech, the project superintendent for D.R. Anderson, said that local businesses were used whenever possible.

“We could find pretty much everything we needed locally,” Stech said. “If Do It Best Hardware or NAPA didn’t have (the little incidental needed) maybe Rick Hobza would find something that worked in his garage. You have resources in town that had resources so we could find what we needed and keep going.”

The amount spent at local eating establishments is hard to estimate, but Mace Curry at Last Second Saloon figured the workers added income of about $2,000 a month with lunches and occasional after-work drinks. “Our lunches all summer long were noticeably boosted in numbers by workers from the school,” Curry said. “We had numerous days throughout where multiple crews combined with regular diners resulted in a shortage of tables and specials. This pleasantly resulted in us increasing the dining rooms seating count and further raising the already increased lunch special numbers.”

Fuel for the equipment and propane for heat were supplied by Hunke Oil and Propane.

Sand, dirt and gravel were supplied by a trio of local companies: Bluffs Gravel Company, Dolezal Sand and Gravel and Lux Sand and Gravel.

Lux Sand and Gravel was contracted by Pave The Way of Fremont to help with the sand needed to elevate the high school gym

“I was glad to help,” Dean Lux said.

Arps Red-E-Mix provided concrete for the job.

Emanuel Welding cut some pieces for basketball hoops and sold some supplies to the construction site.

Janelle Bayer at Do It Best Hardware said she could not put a number on the sales of items to the construction crew, but the workers made their presence known at the local store.

Steel Creation of Morse Bluff contributed with some miscellaneous steel items that were used to cover floor drains, make panels in the elementary school gym and serve as door thresholds at the high school.

“I competed with their current suppliers they use elsewhere,” Steel Creation owner Dan Minarick said. “I was told I had way better prices.”

Stech, a Gretna resident, said he enjoyed working in North Bend.

“I’ve never been on a project like this before where the people are so involved,” he said. “They are up looking around, stopping us when we’re at Mini Mart asking how things are going.”

Stech said they should be wrapping things up in the next week or one and a half weeks. The cleaning crew will be coming in and the final touches will be added soon.

A grand opening is planned for Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. At that time the public will be invited to inspect all the new updates at NBC.

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