On Friday morning, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts visited Endicott Clay Products as part of a state wide tour celebrating economic growth in the state and receiving the Governor’s Cup from Site Selection magazine for promoting economic growth in Nebraska.
In an exclusive interview with Fairbury News Now, Governor Ricketts explained the important role that Endicott Clay plays in Nebraska’s economy.
“We can’t be a healthy state if we’re only growing Lincoln and Omaha,” said Ricketts. “Companies like Endicott Clay are critical. They’re the largest employer here in Jefferson County, and when they can expand and make investments, that helps to create jobs in our small towns and rural communities. One of the reasons we’re here today is to thank them for their investment, because they could have gone to Kansas, but they chose to stay here. We want to thank them for their business, thank them for their investment and thank them for their faith in Nebraska.”
Ricketts met with Endicott Clay CEO Ryan Parker and Jefferson County Commissioner Mark Schoenrock before touring the business. Ricketts guaranteed that he will continue to work hard to support businesses like Endicott Clay as they seek to grow.
“We’re going to continue to work so that we can make sure we have an environment where companies like Endicott Clay want to invest,” Ricketts said. “That means we’re going to continue to cut the regulatory red tape—I just signed an executive order that is putting a hold on rule making until we can have the chance to review it, unless it’s mandated by statute, so we can look and see what we’re doing and make sure we’re not being too restrictive and putting up too many obstacles for businesses.”
Ricketts announced plans to promote teamwork among government agencies to reach those goals. He plans to streamline the permit process, reform taxes and to develop workforce housing in rural areas. Ricketts believes that by taking those steps, the State of Nebraska can continue to grow.
“All of these things together can help create that environment where we can attract companies like Endicott Clay,” said Ricketts. “We want to continue to open up markets internationally, and I see that Endicott Clay is already entering the international market. I’m going to talk to them to see how we can continue to expand opportunities for them. Endicott’s products are seen all over the nation. They produce very high-end products here in Jefferson County.”
Here is a clip from a portion of Governor Ricketts’ speech he gave to employees at Endicott Clay:
Parker is grateful to have Governor Ricketts visit Endicott Clay Products. During the governor’s visit, Parker presented Governor Ricketts with a specially engraved brick featuring logos from the Chicago Cubs baseball team logo and the Endicott Clay Products logo. The brick is from a line of bricks produced at Endicott Clay that will be used at a new hotel near Wrigley Stadium in Chicago.
“It’s great that Governor Ricketts was able to take some time to come down and see all of the quality products that we make,” Parker said. “I know this was a highlight for all of our employees. It really shows them appreciation for all the hard work they put in to making our product what it is. We’ve been working since 1920 to have the reputation that we do throughout the United States and Canada. To have Governor Ricketts come here to thank everyone has just been a tremendous experience. We really appreciate it. We’re proud to be part of the Governor’s Cup and certainly excited that Nebraska’s being recognized for a great year. I hope that it continues through the state.”