Omaha’s stable economy and strong business environment make it a welcoming place for headquarters. In fact, we are home to nine Fortune 1000 headquarters, with the following five among the Fortune 500:
Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company controlled by multi-billionaire Warren Buffett since 1965, has 76 operating businesses. Its local holdings include Nebraska Furniture Mart and Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry.
Union Pacific Railroad is North America’s premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states. The railroad links every major West Coast and Gulf Coast port and provides service to the east through its four major gateways in Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. Additionally, UP operates key north/south corridors and is the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico.
ConAgra Foods makes many leading brands, including: Healthy Choice, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM and Banquet. Their consumer brands are found in 97 percent of U.S. households. Making food that people love requires unwavering dedication to improving not only what they make but how they make it.
Kiewit Corporation is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and mining organizations. Their goal for every project is to build it safely, on time, on budget and with no surprises. Kiewit people have a willingness to take on challenges and explore new ideas; they have the drive to excel and the determination to perform their best.
Mutual of Omaha, a full-service, multi-line provider of insurance and financial services products that provide financial protection to help families, individuals, businesses and groups achieve their goals. The company entered the banking business in 2007, and in 2009 had about $4 billion in assets.
Omaha’s four additional Fortune 1000 headquarters are:
TD AMERITRADE, an online brokerage company that started in Omaha in 1975 and now has a global reach. TD AMERITRADE delivers an extensive array of state-of-the-art tools, straightforward pricing and outstanding personal service to help customers take their trading or investing plan in the right direction.
West Corporation, a technology and customized services provider to connect customers, workforce, partners and vendors. They help their clients communicate clearly, confidently, persuasively in a market place that spans the globe and yet is as personal as a conversation between two people.
Werner Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1956 by Chairman Clarence L. Werner with only one truck, is now a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. The company has a network of more than 7,200 trucks, 6,000 alliance carriers and ocean, air and rail providers.
Valmont Industries, a manufacturing company that started in 1946 when Robert Daugherty invested $5,000 in Valley Manufacturing. Innovation, acquisition and growth followed. Currently the company operates from 43 facilities located in fourteen countries around the world. They employ over 5,600 highly trained personnel worldwide.
Also on the Fortune 1000, but headquartered in Sidney, Neb., is Cabela’s, the world’s foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Cabela’s has a strong presence in Greater Omaha with a store in La Vista and a state-of-the-art Data and Technology Development center and 16,000-square-foot data center, both in Papillion.