Olsson Associates


Nebraska company with global reach has a new home

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

An area southwest of Omaha is now home to a company that does business worldwide. Oxbow Animal Health recently relocated its facility from Murdock, Nebraska, to the Highway 50 corridor. Oxbow has been packaging and distributing pet food for small animals from gerbils to chinchillas since 1992. The pet food facility was growing beyond what could be accommodated on their farm. The owner wanted the new facility to be near Murdock where there was access to employees. However, it was hard to find a piece of land that was ready for development.

“They landed on a piece of property in Sarpy County along Highway 50 that was raw farmland,” said Eric Galley, project manager for Olsson. “The property was four times the size they needed for their facility so they were forced to become land developers.”

 Olsson Associates was hired to help Oxbow develop the land. Olsson provided concept site planning, due diligence, and entitlement services. The firm also helped Oxbow identify how much ground they needed for the new facility.

The biggest challenge for the project was that most of the property Oxbow was buying was not developable. Meaning, there was no sanitary sewer service. They didn’t want to be stuck with a large area of undeveloped land and not be able to resell it.

“In conjunction with some other development in the area, we worked with Sarpy County, and the cities to form an agreement to defer some acreage within the existing sanitary sewer basin and allow this area within the Highway 50 corridor to be opened to development,” said Eric. “We were able to take 80 acres of raw farmland, help Oxbow develop 20 of it, and at the same time position the remaining 60 into viable developable ground.”

A sewer lift station is under construction which will serve the remaining property owned by Oxbow.


Olsson’s services for this project included concept site planning, survey, traffic studies, civil design, construction administration, special inspections, and landscape architecture. Olsson also provided public roadway improvements, design, and construction near the Oxbow facility.

(l to r) Eric Jones, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Sarpy County Chamber; Don Kelly, Sarpy County Commissioner; Mayor David Black, City of Papillion; Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska; Pat Miller and John Miller, Oxbow Animal Health owners; Deb Buhro, CEO of Oxbow Animal Health

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