Omaha Is ‘Berkshire Hathaway’ City This Weekend

Berkshire Hathaway, the giant conglomerate of American consumer goods, is celebrating its 50th stockholders meeting in Omaha this weekend. Some 40,000 people are expected in town to hear the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, expound on the company and the stock market and the economy in general.

And those swarms of folks are filling area hotels to capacity. Dozens of homes are masquerading as B&Bs through Airbnb this weekend at Buffet’s request. He reached out to the community to help alleviate the lack of available hotel rooms.

BerkshireMeetingThe stockholders come to this Woodstock for capitalists every year, but this time the crowds are even larger than usual. So much so that shopping and window shopping Berkshire Hathaway companies at the CenturyLink Center has been expanded to a two-day affair for the first time.

Exhibitors from the family of Berkshire companies range from Acme Brick Company to World Book and include, to name a few, Coca-Cola, BNSF Railway, H.J. Heinz, Geico, Fruit of the Loom, Dairy Queen, Justin Brands, Mars/Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Netjets, Oriental Trading, The Pampered Shef, Wells Fargo and See’s Candies.

Berkshire’s Nebraska Furniture Mart brought extra staff in from the Kansas City store to help handle the huge crowds. There are planned events at the Furniture Mart and at Berkshire’s Borsheims store at Regency Court in addition to Saturday’s stockholders meeting at CenturyLink. The events include a giant cocktail reception at Regency Court on Friday, a picnic at the Furniture Mart on Saturday evening, and brunch at Borsheim’s on Sunday.

Shareholder also can take advantages of discounts the Furniture Mart in Omaha and at Borsheims.

Omaha’s restaurants, hotels, drinking establishments, rental car companies, and scores of other businesses will reap millions of dollars in sales during the annual event.

Dino’s Storage joins with all of Omaha in welcoming the stockholders and congratulating Berkshire Hathaway on its 50 years of profitable partnership.

Forbes Ranks Des Moines #1

Forbes Magazine has ranked Des Moines the #1 place for business and careers. Des Moines was the only metro city to rank in the top quartile for 9 of the 12 measures. In 2012, Des was ranked 4th, has finished in the top 10 since 2007 and also ranked #1 in 2010.

Des Moines offers businesses a skilled workforce with 36% of the population having college degrees and 92% high school diplomas. The metro is very attractive for young professionals and the business community is very active in supporting programs and organizations that engage them.

Des Moines has a strong presence in the financial and insurance industries, with large employers like Wells Fargo, Aviva, Wellmark, and Principal Financial Group, to name a few. Companies are recognizing the areas strengths and benefits and reinvesting in the area. Business costs are 17% below national average and energy costs are 22% below. This has attracted data centers for Facebook and Microsoft which will be investing over a billion dollars in the area.

The Des Moines metro area has also increased their merchandise exports by 22% over 2011 to $1.2 billion. This includes agricultural products, plastics and rubber products, processed foods, machinery, and chemicals.

It is an exciting time to be living in a thriving community. For more information go to

Cindy Sampson
Property Manager
411 Brick Street
Bondurant, Iowa