ISSUE DATE: 12/03/2012
By Larry Dreiling
In an era when it looks like small-town America is blowing away in a modern Dust Bowl, there are a number of places where community leaders and organizations have determined they're too tough to vanish and will keep pressing on.
Gothenburg, Neb., is one of those towns.
A city of 3,700 along the western part of Interstate 80, Gothenburg has roots as a place along the Pony Express Route and today is a place for scientific research, agricultural commerce and light industry. Four Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the community.
Like other farm towns during the 1980s, Gothenburg struggled with the bust in prices and subsequent threats of a few farm bankruptcies.
At that time, the city had one large employer--Goshen Rubber--which was recruited to Gothenburg in 1974. Now known as Parker Tech Seals-Nebraska, the company has 50,000 employees in 50 countries throughout the world including 70 in Gothenburg.
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