RCC Honors History Project

Rural company discovers Latin world via Riverside

Posted by chad612 on June 1, 2009

I felt tingly at the mention of Riverside in Translation Nation, even if it was in reference to how far from everything it is:

“Like their colleagues in Michigan, the people  at O’Malley Grain were discovering how big and how Latin their world was becoming. Dale Byrkit, the plant manager in Nebraska, went to California routinely on the Midwest Airlines flight from Omaha to Los Angeles, which had become their very own tortilla shuttle. “I was in East L.A., on the Hispanic side of town,” Byrkit told me, a geographic explanation that was probably necessary to the overwhelming majority of Nebraskans he talked to, their image of Los Angeles as a land of convertibles and suntanned starlets having been formed by decades of detective dramas and Academy Award shows. “There’s a new tortilla place opening up every month out there. I drove for miles and miles, to Riverside and other places. All I had seen before was Disneyland.””

Computers may not be a part of the big new world of O’Malley Grain; here is the TOTAL content of their website:

http://www.omalleygrain.com/

The O’Malley Grain web site is currently under construction.

If you should need to contact either location, please feel free to contact us at:

Illinois

Leo Andruczyk
O’Malley Grain, Inc.
Liberty at Newton
P.O. Box 409
Mansfield, IL  61854
Phone 217 489-2007
Fax 217 489-3041

Nebraska

Dale Byrkit
O’Malley Grain, Inc.
US West Highway 6
P.O. Box 128
Fairmont, NE  68354
Phone 402 268-6001
Fax 402 268-7241
Hi, Dave! The Official Nebraska Government (Department of Economic Development division) website is not as modest as O’Malley:
Fairmont – O’Malley Grain PDF Print E-mail
fairmont_location_map.jpgJust outside of Fairmont, Nebraska a state of the art grain facility shines its lights over rich flat farm ground at night and hosts local farm trucks lined up to the highway by day. O’Malley Grain was established in 1997 with the help of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to service the food-grade corn market.

The 750,000 bushel storage facility has encouraged farmers in the area to produce high quality food-grade white and yellow corn. Over 60 producers in a 700-mile radius around Fairmont contract to produce the specialty grains each year. Fillmore and surrounding counties are conducive to producing the quality grain necessary due to irrigation, excellent producers, adequate growing season and rich soil. O’Malley Grain has injected into the local economy approximately $4.5 million of premium value for the specialty commodity and continues to nurture the mutually advantageous relationships with local producers.

omalley_grain.jpgThe facility is designed to have an annual throughput of over 3.5 million bushels and accommodates year round processing with little seasonal change that is so often found in the agricultural economy. The operation of the grain processing plant has directly employed 13 individuals in the community. The processed food-grade corn is marketed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Shipments are delivered by both rail and over the road. O’Malley Grain has turned to 12 local transportation providers to help serve these needs.

The client base of O’Malley Grain is large and diverse. The company frequently hosts meetings in the locale, boosting the community retail economy, hotels and restaurants. O’Malley proudly supports its local community through advertisements and sponsorship of countywide activities.

This economic development project has helped to provide a valuable business addition to this Fillmore county community. The reciprocal support between the community and O’Malley Grain currently supplies an excellent working environment for everyone concerned and promises a bright future.

omalley_grain3.jpgContact Information

O’Malley Grain – Fairmont
(402) 268-6001
http://www.ci.fairmont.ne.us

Dave Honz (DED Representative)
(402) 471-3763   •   (800) 426-6505

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