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Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame

Inducted 2006

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2012
1. Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame 2006 Marker
Inscription.

Harold Kramer
Kramer achieved national recognition for his state and national public power leadership as general manager of the Loup River Public Power District. Kramer first became active in Nebraskaís public power systems in 1932 when he assisted in bringing about the passage of the Nebraska law that permitted the establishment of public power districts and was instrumental in the formation of Loup River Public Power District. He was the owner of a coal company and active member of many civic enterprises.

Gilbert Behlen, Walter Behlen, Mike Behlen
The three Behlen brothers took a business from the garage of the family home to become one of Columbusí premier employers. It began when Walt Behlen produced steel toe caps for industrial wooden-soled shoes. New products and innovations would follow as Walt was joined in the business by his brothers, Gilbert and Mike. With the success of toe caps and reusable egg case lid clamps, Behlen was a full-time manufacturer by 1943. The Behlens built a 200-foot by 200-foot plant on an industrial site on the east edge of Columbus in 1946. Behlenís innovations continued into the 1950s with the introduction of what was known at the time as a “honeycomb” building using rolled steel panels that served as both the structural component and skin of the building,
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eliminating the need for interior framing. The frameless design gained nationwide notice when a Behlen building survived an atomic bomb blast during government tests at Yucca Flats, Nev., in 1955. The brothers grew the firm to world wide stature before selling the company in 1969.

Phil Hockenberger
A Columbus native and civic leader for more than 60 years, Hockenberger was instrumental in the promotion of the Loup River Public Power District in 1932. In 1938, he promoted the creation of the Consumers Public Power District (CPPD). CPPD merged with other entities to form the Nebraska Public Power District in 1970. He also conceived the idea of constructing an industrial site to bring industry to Columbus. The first 12 acres were sold to the Behlen family for construction of the Behlen Manufacturing Company. Several other companies followed in quick succession. The first national company recruited was Becton, Dickinson and Company.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is along the southern
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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 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). Touch for a list and map 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. Loup River Public Power District History. (Submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Behlen Manufacturing Company. (Submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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4. Phil Hockenberger on Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Marker

4. Nebraska Public Power District. (Submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Hall of Fame Article from Columbus Telegram. (Submitted on August 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce
 
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5. Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame Markers
Columbus Jaycees Sundial at left of photo. Looking NW across Frankfort Square
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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