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Wayne, Neb. company forges ahead after devastating tornado


Len Dickinson has spent the last decade building his Wayne, Nebraska business from the ground up.

Then, exactly one week ago, his manufacturing plant, Sand Creek Post and Beam, was devastated by a tornado.

In the middle of Wayne's obliterated industrial park sits what's left of Sand Creek Post and Beam.

"We've had a total loss," said Owner Len Dickinson.

Sand Creek is a home grown company and former finalist for national small business of the year.

"We were having a very good year.  Sales were good," said Dickinson.

And then mother nature turned Dickinson's barn building business upside down.

"It's a strange feeling when everything that you're used to is no longer there," he said.

Dickinson says only 10% of his building is left standing after the EF4 tornado tore through, and that too will have to be demolished.

"It's a big mess," said Jim Knapp, Plant Manager.

But Dickinson is moving forward, not looking back.

"There's too many things at stake to stop, so you just keep going," he said

A new $1.5 million manufacturing plant will take four months to build.  In the meantime, the company has secured temporary space in Pender and Wakefield and plans to be back up and running in three weeks.  Until then, all 85 employees will be kept on the payroll.

"It means a lot.  Not just for myself but for all the guys that were out here.  It means a lot that they want to get this back up and running," said Knapp.

"It's making sure that people can have a livelihood. It really never occurred to us not to just keeping going," Dickinson said.

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