ROCA – An engineering firm is expanding in the Lancaster County Village of Roca. Pacific Engineering, Inc., cut the ribbon Thursday on a 20-thousand-square-foot expansion for the company’s research and development and production facilities.
The composite engineering and manufacturing firm intends to add about twenty new jobs, which would more than double the current workforce.
Products made by Pacific Engineering are used by U.S. Military branches, including Naval Sea Systems Command and Marine Corps Systems Command. It manufactures products with materials designed to be light weight, and durable. According to the company’s website, the firm has manufactured launch tubes for Navy vessels and a light weight, composite trailer bed for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley presided over the ribbon-cutting. Nebraska Department of Economic Development officials say Pacific has landed over $7.4 million in federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants in the past seven years.
State funding of about $332,000 matched the grants, helping Pacific Engineering with research and development projects for the U.S. Navy.
Pacific Engineering Vice President Dexter Myers says the state funding has helped the company to reduce risk and accelerate technological innovation, creating more jobs and boosting production.