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J.D. Troyer in the newly expanded shop
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Centris Federal Credit Union
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Inland Truck Parts
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Renovations to Prairie Arts Center
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Workers atop Verizon's cell tower
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Storage units, E. Philip
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Nebraskaland National Bank
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Dirt work on South U.S. 83 for Adams Bank's new drive up.

A new Credit Union building, a machine shop and a truck repair center are opening in North Platte, marks of progress in what is shaping up to be a record year of construction.

In the background of the development around town is a $100 million addition to Great Plains Regional Medical Center, as well as the completion of Nebraskaland’s National Bank. Those two projects will make 2013 a record-high year of construction spending in North Platte, Building Inspector Dave Hahn told the Bulletin.

Kyle Troyer said the $210,000 expansion of their welding and machine shop at 7th and Bailey, which has doubled their size, is gratifying. He and his brother Brad bought the building from their father in 1989 and opened the shop. He said they were tired of working construction, which often took them on the road and away from home.

The Troyers have been in business for many years. Kyle’s grandfather had a welding shop in the same block as their present locatoin for 30 years. At that time, the company, C & P Autogate, made thousands of auto gates for pastures in west central Nebraska, shipping them out by semi-loads.

In the early 1980s, his grandfather retired and sold the business.

His father, a Union Pacific worker, also did some welding, and Troyer family operations have greatly intensified in the last 20 years. When Kyle and Brad opened the shop they had three full-time employees. Now they have 12.

Kyle’s son J.D. now works at the shop. Brad died five years ago, but his legacy remains in the form of a steel desert cactus that stands outside the shop and serves as a mailbox. The art is a fixture of the Troyer business. A metal dog leans on the foot of the cactus, keeping a metal vulture perched on a branch at bay.


Elsewhere, the new $1.6 million Centris Federal Credit Union opened March 11 and will celebrate its official grand opening on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m., another dream come true.

The branch features three drive-up lanes and 6,000 square feet inside.

Centris traces its beginnings back a half century of more. Lillian Higgins became a fixture in the business when she wanted some drapes. She talked to a friend Elsie Shanks, who was operating the N.P.D. Telco Federal Credit Union in the utility room of her home and looking for someone to take over.

Higgins took over management and moved the credit union to her basement, starting with a desk, file cabinet, typewriter and adding machine. Her kitchen was the waiting room, according to the company newsletter.

Thirteen years later, Higgins moved to a one-room office on S. Chestnut, and in 1975, into a three-room office, and finally in 1986 into a drive up office on East Philip.

Higgins spent more than a half-century with the company and helped break ground on the new building in June.


Other projects around town include:

• Inland Truck’s $2 million expansion on Newberry Road, south of the Flying J Travel Center.

• A new $400,000 stairway and elevator on the northwest corner of the old 1913 post office at Fifth and Jeffers, part of a long range renovation of the historic building. New utilities are part of the project. The first phase is to install the stairway and elevator and begin operations in the basement and on the first floor.

• A $350,000 expansion of the Casey’s General Store at 520 Rodeo Road is expected to begin this summer. The addition will be built on the east side to expand the store’s offerings.

• A $344,000 renovation at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2801 West E St. — the third and final phase of a long-range project.

• Verizon’s new $200,000 antenna tower at Bauer Field at North Platte High School. Verizon agreed to build a new ticket booth at the northwest entrance to the field along with the tower. That building also stores Verizon equipment.

• Five new rows of storage units at 2020 East Philip in the city’s industrial park. Hahn said one of the units in the $200,000 project will be climate controlled.

• Dynamite Destruction’s $100,000 warehouse at 301 West Walker Road, just west of Sapp Brothers.

• Dan Troyer’s (Troyer Crane Service) $65,000 warehouse expansion at 715 N. Bailey, near Troyer Welding.

• The $50,000 deconstruction of the former Howard Johnson’s office and restaurant at the corner of Dewey and Francis.

• A $20,000 warehouse for Nebraska-Colorado Cellular in the industrial park at 1211 Prospect.

• A $10,000 renovation of an office at 118 East C St., near the Jackson-Hewitt tax preparation office. The office will become Dr. Deb’s Express Medical Care, an urgent care facility.

• A $5,000 renovation of the Time Saver at 3220 S. Jeffers so it will house a Subway restaurant.

• A new open front building at the Lincoln County Historical Museum.

Also, the largest project contiues -- the Great Plains Regional Medical Center. The early phases -- a renovated $1.3 million parking lot east of the building and a new $3.5 million Information Technology center on the west -- are complete. In all, the project is budgeted at $10 million.

Demolition of the heart of the building is underway. It will become a new five-story tower. A skyscraper crane will be used to erect the tower, capable of standing 246 feet tall and spanning 200 feet. Eleven semi-trucks are needed to transport the crane.

• Also, work is progressing rapidly on the new Nebraskaland National Bank at 1400 S. Dewey and Jeffers, which is listed as a $2 million project, Hahn said.

• The North Platte Community College is going to build a new $1.6 million cafeteria east of its dormatories.

• Adams Bank will build a new branch office on South U.S. 83, where the old Boy Scout offices were located.

Also, a new liquid natural gas fueling station at the Flying J Truck Stop is built but not operating yet, Hahn said. The company is building a series of natural gas fuel stations every 300 miles or so to serve a fleet of special trucks, which is a long-range project. It will probably be awhile before they open.

Another construction round-up by the Bulletin, North Platte's homegrown newspaper. First published in the April 2 print edition.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/3/2013
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