Chief Buildings achieves IAS AC472 accreditation

The manufacturing facilities of Chief Buildings, based in Grand Island, have received IAS AC472 accreditation.

IAS (International Accreditation Service) AC472 is a new high-quality standard replacing the former AISC-MB certification program. It is written specifically for the metal building industry in cooperation with the Metal Building Manufacturers Association. Companies must achieve AC472 accreditation by Dec. 31 to continue association membership.

IAS AC472 addresses primary framing fabrication and light-gauge welded fabrication, cold-formed fabrication and metal building system engineering. Those advantages of the IAS AC472 accreditation serve contractors, architects, code officials and building owners in the metal building industry.

Other advantages that expedite the building approval process include compliance with special inspection requirements in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code, elimination of additional inspections, cost savings to verify code compliance of metal building fabrication and assurance that the metal building manufacturers' staff have a well-qualified and quality system in place.

Chief Buildings is a division of Chief Industries, a Grand Island-based multi-product manufacturer.

Hornady TV commercial Wins 2009 Davey Award

Hornady Manufacturing, based in Grand Island, has received a 2009 Davey Award for its new GMX bullet and ammunition television commercial.

The Davey Awards honor the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide. Winners are chosen from more than 4,000 entries from across the United States and around the world. Judges include top-tier media, advertising and marketing professionals from the world's leading organizations and firms.

"GMX bullets and ammunition are fantastic new additions to the Hornady line, and we're extremely proud to see our marketing efforts for these great new products recognized with a Davey Award," said Neil Davies, Hornady sales and marketing manager.

The Hornady GMX, or Gilding Metal eXpanding bullet, is an expanding monolithic solid bullet that is tougher and fouls less than traditional solid copper bullets.

The winning GMX spot is the first full HD, fully animated TV commercial for Hornady. Produced by Master Track Productions of Lincoln, the GMX spot can be viewed on the Hornady YouTube channel. The 30-second spot is also widely aired during outdoor programming on the Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel and Versus.

Rodeway Inn wins Platinum Hospitality Award

The Rodeway Inn of Grand Island has received the 2010 Platinum Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International, franchisor of the Rodeway Inn brand.

The award recognizes the hotel's focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service. Additional award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels through its official annual property ranking report.

"The Rodeway Inn award-winning hotel represents not only the best of the best but also the tremendous value that a Choice brand hotel can offer to today's travelers," said Steve Joyce, Choice Hotels president and chief executive officer. "We're very proud to have the Rodeway Inn hotel as part of our Choice family, and I congratulate the property on receiving this distinguished award."

As a top performing property among the company's more than 4,800 U.S. franchised hotels, the Rodeway Inn of Grand Island is among the top 3 percent of properties within the Rodeway Inn brand. It is one of only four hotels within the state and one out of eight hotels within the 377-strong Rodeway Inn brand to receive Platinum Award.

Fortune names Edward Jones to Best to Work For list

The financial services firm Edward Jones was ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010 list.

This is the firm's 11th year on the list. Edward Jones also ranked No. 1 for large-size companies.

In naming Edward Jones to the list, Fortune editors said, "The investment adviser weathered the recession without closing one of its 12,615 offices or laying off a single employee. Salaries were frozen, but profit sharing continued."

"This honor is especially gratifying in the face of the adversity and challenges the financial-services industry has faced the last two years," said Will Armstrong, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Grand Island. "But we were able to stay focused on the long term because we are a partnership and we know who we are and what we do."

Other Edward Jones advisers in Grand Island are Terry Pfeifer, Matthew Armstrong, Tom Noble and Scott Roach.

Hy-Vee donates $50,000 for Haiti relief

Hy-Vee has launched a monthlong campaign to raise funds for Haitian earthquake relief by making a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

Hy-Vee customers throughout the Midwest will be invited to help boost the fundraising total during Hy-Vee's Help Us Help Haiti campaign, which will begin on Feb. 1 at all Hy-Vee stores.

Ken Waller, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, said the magnitude of the disaster in Haiti prompted Hy-Vee to contact the Red Cross to offer financial assistance.

"Wherever disaster strikes, the American Red Cross and its global partners are on the scene providing emergency medical care, food, water, shelter and communications services," Waller said. "The need in Haiti is overwhelming, and we're proud to be able to help Red Cross professionals and volunteers with the vital work they are doing there."

Starting Feb. 1, all 228 Hy-Vee stores and Hy-Vee Drugstores in eight Midwestern states will be accepting donations from customers for the Red Cross's Haitian relief effort. Customers will be able to designate donations of any amount to be added to their grocery totals at checkout. All funds donated will go directly to the Red Cross to assist with disaster relief in Haiti.

Registration open for Younkers' Community Day fundraiser

Nonprofit groups may sign up now for Younkers' semi-annual Community Day by logging on to to request event booklets and begin raising funds for their organizations.

The savings booklets can be used at Younkers on Community Day, which will be Saturday, Feb. 27. Participating nonprofit organizations raised more than $10 million in 2009 through the semi-annual events.

Eligible organizations include local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools. Nonprofit groups sell savings booklets for $5, and in return, the purchaser receives a $10 off coupon, plus more than $50 in special savings on products as well as coupons valid on regular and sale price merchandise on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The organization keeps 100 percent of the $5 donation.

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