LINDSAY, Neb. -- Living just 11 miles away all his life, you could say Duane Shemek, the longest serving employee, has grown up along with Lindsay.

“Now there’s so much diversification, it keeps employees here all year long," Shemek said.

New and innovative were two words used by Lindsay to describe a new facility that broke ground on Tuesday.

Officials with Lindsay said it is all about keeping up with the competition.

“We want to make sure that we can retain the best talent and keep jobs in Nebraska," VP of Global Operations Rich Harold said. "I think giving back to only the community and invest in our future is a sign that we’re confident in the employees and the hard work they put in.”

The $50 million facility will house equipment, implement Industry 4.0 technologies like robotics and analytics, and increase the workload for the facility.

“We’re very confident that this new equipment is the start of something bigger," Harold said.

After spending 65 years working out of Lindsay, Shemek said this move shows the company has become a staple and will not leave the community.

“It’s going to help the town grow and stay here," Shemek said. "Just because of the work that will be available to the employees.”

The project is scheduled to be constructed by May 2025.