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History

The History of Country Estate Fence Products

Nebraska Plastics, Inc. began manufacturing irrigation pipe during World War II. Due to the war effort, aluminum was impossible to get. New, experimental plastic materials were available -- and thus, by default, we became a plastics company. It was a fortunate turn of events because irrigation tubes manufactured from plastic materials provided surprising benefits; they were resistant to farm chemicals, fertilizers, rust, rot, and electrolytic corrosion. The stickler with those early plastic materials was their intolerance to ultra-violet rays. They were tougher than nails in the shade, but wimps in the sunshine.

Scientific discovery, advanced technology, and product development at Nebraska Plastics, Inc. have come a long way in 68 years since we began.

Major growth was accomplished when we refined formulations using polyvinyl chloride resins and state-of-the-art additives. These amazingly inert materials were tougher than anything we had seen. Fertilizers, farm chemicals, and electrolysis didn't phase them. They weren't brittle in cold weather and they retained their flexibility . . . they did not dent, crack, or shatter. But, most amazingly, when these materials were subjected to laboratory tests, weather accelerations, and field trials conducted under the most exacting conditions, these challengers, born of science, thumbed their noses at Ol' Sol.

In 1979, we discovered that the technology used in our irrigation tubing had an even greater future as the most advanced, innovative, and cost-effective fencing material ever produced. Over the years, we have received many suggestions for changing our Country Estate Fence. After testing, confirmation, and soul searching, a few of the suggestions were implemented because they improved and refined the design and the chemical composition of our compounds.

But those changes designed to decrease costs by compromising quality were rejected. We are sensitive to the need for recycling plastic materials, but we are convinced that Country Estate Fence Products, which must be impervious to attack from ultra-violet rays, must be produced from high-integrity raw materials which have undergone exacting controls all the way from the refinery to our extrusion equipment.

We have rejected offers to license the Country Estate trademark so that we could save freight costs by manufacturing closer to some of our markets. If a product carries our name, it will be produced in our plant and under our control. And we have terminated distributors who chose to misrepresent our products and who compromised the quality of Country Estate Fence Products with shabby selling and installation procedures.

Some would claim that a company can only grow and prosper if it is managed by knee-jerk reaction to those opportunities that have a positive effect on bottom-line profits. But we take a lesson from the company president's wife who is famous for her lemon meringue pies. She will use only the very best ingredients. She prefers juice from tree-ripened lemons, plus she has some secrets that she won't tell just anyone. Through years of patience and practice, she has perfected the way she mixes and bakes those ingredients. This is not to say that she's ever satisfied, and every once in a while she gets all excited over some little discovery to improve her product . . . not that any of us can ever tell the difference. But the president's wife can tell that it's better, and that is what's important. We've seen grown men stand in line for her lemon meringue pie. Can you imagine how heartbroken she would be if her "customers" were dissatisfied with her product?

The satisfaction of Country Estate Fence owners, all across the United States and in foreign countries, means more to us than maximizing profits. Advancements in technology coupled with our pledge to excellence continue to improve our products, because the owners and the employees of Nebraska Plastics, Inc. are committed to manufacturing the very finest fencing products . . . and the most beautiful, too.