Full of Economic Opportunities
Seward is both a county seat and university town. Its basic economic activities include manufacturing, retailing, medical services, education, farming, livestock feeding, trucking, printing, banking and agricultural research.
Seward has many homegrown businesses whose products meet local, regional and international needs. Products include custom stainless steel fixtures, laminated wood telecommunications towers, hothouse poinsettias and innovative tool-and-die inventions.
The total labor force is approximately 15,000. In recent years, firms with retail sales tax permits developed annual net taxable retail sales of around $57 million.
The Seward Area Development Corporation and the Seward Area Chamber of Commerce work with the city for industrial development in the community.
The SADC (a non-profit, annual dues corporation of more than 40 stockholders) has a nine member Board of Directors that guides economic development efforts. Approximately 500 acres of land in and adjacent to Seward are, or can readily be, zoned for industry. Price per acre of industrially zoned land ranges from $5,000 to $10,000.
Recent industrial development includes Longview Fibre Company (a corrugated container sheet manufacturing plant) and Agriliance — a crop protection distributor for agriculture.
Hughes Brothers, Inc. (an 85-year-old, locally owned and established international manufacturer of cross arms, transmission and distribution materials) recently completed an expansion of its facilities.