Wayne is a community of 5,200 people located in northeastern Nebraska, lying deep in the heart of fertile agricultural land. The town is centrally located between the East and West coasts of the United States and between the southern and northern borders of Mexico and Canada, respectively. Locally, Wayne boasts its own airport with a 4,200-foot runway and is also located near major airports in Omaha and Sioux City, Iowa. Both visitors and residents appreciate the culture, crime-free environment, clean air, community values, cost of living and most of all, the people. All of these features unite in Wayne, creating an unusually high quality of life for those in the area.
Wayne is an energized community with a growing population and a prosperous business environment. Its manageable size coupled with outstanding attributes make the town a very special place to live, work, and raise a family.
Agribusiness, government, manufacturing, wholesale/retail, and service have combined as the platform for Wayne's economy. Due, in part, to careful city planning and development, Wayne has evolved into a dynamic community that has found the elusive balance between agriculture, education, and industry.
Wayne State College, with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 students, is a four-year college also offering prestigious graduate programs. Drawing from one of the most prominent state school systems in the country, Wayne State alumni are in great demand and are excelling in careers nationwide. The college has aggressive, non-traditional degree programs at several off-campus sites, offering remote learning opportunities for students. The accredited college also provides educational and research support to area high schools and businesses. Additionally, Wayne State cultural events, athletic competition, indoor swimming, recreation and leisure facilities have become popular with area residents.
Providence Medical Center and the associated local medical clinic provide state-of-the-art, regional inpatient and outpatient care, obstetrics, surgery and emergency trauma care. The Wayne Care Centre, The Oaks Retirement Center and architecturally distinguished Benthack Library/Senior Center provide housing options and social vehicles for retired residents.
Leisure & Recreation
Leisure activities in Wayne include a beautiful 18-hole public golf course, walking trails, public parks, and championship level summer baseball and softball, in addition to Community Theatre, the Wayne County museum, upland game hunting and spring-fed lake fishing. Only an hour's drive from Missouri River recreational areas, a new 36,000 square-foot Community Activity Center opened in the fall of 2002.
Wayne Chicken Show
Wayne residents always look forward to the internationally renowned Wayne Chicken Show, an entertaining event held annually since 1981. The festival was originally launched as an arts and crafts show, but contests and a parade have been added to make the show a multi-faceted event featured in state newspapers, on radio stations across the country, and even internationally in Canada and Ireland.
Great Dane Trailers in Wayne
Built on 53 acres of land, Great Dane has been located in Wayne since 1986, with the first trailer built in April of that year. Great Dane purchased the 235,000 square-foot production facility from Timpte Trailers in 1988.
The plant in Wayne has exclusively manufactured the Super Seal refrigerated trailer since its opening. One of the most popular units in the market today, Super Seal trailers are revered for their exceptional light weight, tremendous structural integrity, and traditionally high resale values. The Super Seal XLT model was introduced in Wayne in October 2001, and the ISO certified plant completed its 50,000th Super Seal Reefer in March 2002. In 2007, products built at the Wayne plant were the first to feature CorroGuard, Great Dane’s exclusive spray-on thermoplastic elastomeric coating applied to the support gear and bogie areas. This coating offers superior long-term protection from road abrasion and corrosion in these critical areas.