Family Businesses Cultivate a Rare Stability in Arlington

This interview, sponsored by Two Rivers Bank (, provides a stark contrast to the disruptive, unpredictable image of America that many urbanites now have. Kelly Thompson runs a construction company in Arlington, Nebraska, that has been in his family for years. The continuity of the operation, which is staffed by an assortment of family members, symbolizes the cooperative nature and overall stability of the tiny rural community.

Kelly Construction also hires young people, teachers and retirees from the local community. This is one of the reasons why BusinessWeek named Arlington the “second best place to raise a child in America” in 2011. High school graduates have a reason to remain in the community and raise their families there thanks to trustworthy, family-run employers like Kelly Construction.