For Immediate Release – September 12, 2022
Contact: Matt Bevington, Valley Corp. Cell: 402-679-1795

High School Students Experience Construction Industry at Equipment Rodeo

Valley Corp. Hopes to Inspire Young People to Consider Construction as a Career

On Thursday, September 15 more than 100 students from various high schools will get a hands-on experience of working in the construction industry. Rebar tying, concrete pouring, underground boring, fiber optic line splicing, and other activities are scheduled for the second annual Valley Corp. “Equipment Rodeo”.

“A couple of the most popular things the students really enjoy are the Skid Loader Obstacle Course and Excavator Basketball,” said Matt Bevington, president of Valley Corp.

Over the past two decades the labor shortage in the construction industry has been widely reported industry experts and economists. The average age of construction workers in the U.S. is 42 years old. A recent survey found 80 percent of construction firms struggled to fill positions in the last year.

“Our ultimate goal of this Equipment Rodeo is to give young men and women a first-hand look at how the construction industry can help them become financially stable at a young age and enjoy a fun, rewarding, lifelong career,” explained Bevington.

Students and chaperones from seven area high schools will participate in activities, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Valley Corp facility, and enjoy a catered lunch. High schools attending include: Millard West, DC West, Plattsmouth, and Mead.

“We understand that to maintain a strong American construction industry, Valley Corp. and other companies must attract and embrace the energy, enthusiasm, and ingenuity that young people bring to the labor market,” said Bevington. “They are our country’s backbone and future!”

Valley Corp. offers a paid summer internship program which interested students may apply for during the event. Upcoming high school graduates from anywhere in the metro area may apply on their website or by emailing Darren Elliott at

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  • WHAT: Valley Corp 2nd Annual Equipment Rodeo
  • WHERE: Valley Corp., 28001 Ida Cir, Valley, NE 68064
  • WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Founded in 1972, Valley Corp. is a third-generation general contracting construction company headquartered in Valley, Nebraska. The firm uses cutting-edge equipment and techniques to serve clients throughout the Midwest. They extensively train and continually educate their employees to consistently provide the highest-quality service and craftsmanship — a reputation they have earned and strive to live up to on every project. Valley Corp upholds the values and ethics passed down through the generations which created a small business, family-owned atmosphere.