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Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame

Inducted 2007

 
 
Columbus Area Business Chamber of Commerce 2007 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
1. Columbus Area Business Chamber of Commerce 2007 Marker
Inscription.

Leo Sokol
Leo Sokol invented and began manufacturing irrigation pumps in 1933 in Duncan. Leo invented the first hydraulic single-cylinder Duncan manure loader. He was a natural inventor who created many other products for the agriculture industry. Sokol moved the company to Columbus in 1945 and gave it the name “Irrigation Pump Co.” The company still operates under the same name today. Sokol was involved in many businesses over the years and while involved in the sand and gravel business he dug the gravel pits that became Duncan Lakes.

George Risk, William Simpson, Carroll Novicki
George Risk was the classic “inventor” who began the company that would become Dale Electronics, and eventually Vishay-Dale Electronics became a multi-plant company employing some 2,600 people.

Simpson was Riskís “second-in-command” and became CEO of Dale Electronics in 1962 and produced significant growth in the company through a focus on manufacturing practices. Simpson remained CEO of the company until his death in 1975.

Novicki followed Simpson as CEO of Dale Electronics, bringing business expertise with him from his education at Stanford Business School. This expertise brought major innovations in management practices and business techniques, resulting in dramatic
Leo Sokol on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
2. Leo Sokol on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
growth in the companyís product lines and markets.

Leonard Fleisher
Leonard Fleisher graduated from the University of Nebraska as a registered pharmacist. It didnít take long, however, for Fleisher to enter the agriculture industry. His business began in 1944 making attachments and suspensions for tractor seats. Fleisher Manufacturing introduced dozens of products under the “Buffalo” trade name to help farmers become more efficient. The most significant impact on the international ag industry was the pioneering efforts of the company in low-tillage practices that have become standard practice across the nation. Fleisher was instrumental in the beginning of Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island.
 
Erected 2010 by Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and Concerned Organizations.
 
Location. 41° 25.768′ N, 97° 21.604′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Nebraska, in Platte County. Marker is on 13th Street (Business U.S. 30) near 27th Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is along the southern edge of Frankfort Square. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus NE 68601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this
Risk-Simpson-Novicki on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
3. Risk-Simpson-Novicki on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (here, next to this marker); Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); Glur's Tavern (approx. ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Columbus, Nebraska, Area Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. About Vishay. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Buffalo-Henke Roller Mills. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Hall of Fame Article in Columbus Telegram. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
 
Leonard Fleisher on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
4. Leonard Fleisher on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker
Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Markers
Columbus Jaycees Sundial at left of photo. Looking NW across Frankfort Square
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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