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Grant Niebuhr: Exemplifying Innovation at Altec & Serving Our Community



Established in 1997, the Altec manufacturing facility in Elizabethtown has surged to become the pinnacle of the company’s production capacity. The facility is distinguished for its robust manufacturing capabilities, specializing in the production of essential equipment vital for utility operations, such as aerial lifts, digger derricks, and truck-mounted cranes.


Amidst this excellence in local manufacturing stands Grant Niebuhr, whose 19-year journey with Altec symbolizes adaptability and expertise across diverse roles within the company, including Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Management, and Plant Management.


Joining the company after earning his Engineering degree from Iowa State University, Niebuhr’s current leadership over the Green Fleet Business Unit underscores Altec’s\ commitment to innovation, reflected in offerings including hybrid electric systems and fully electric trucks.




Altec has not only offered a quality career path for Niebuhr, but also for his wife, Katherine, who has been an employee with the company for 18 years, currently serving in the capacity of an Engineering Systems Manager.


Niebuhr’s dedication extends beyond his professional life as he serves as Board Chairman for CASA of the Heartland, an Elizabethtown-based organization that recruits, trains, and

supports a network of volunteers who are court-appointed to act as advocates for abused and neglected children under the protection of the County Family Court system. Niebuhr’s tenure on the board spans seven years, during which he has assumed the role of Board Chairman for five years. He has also served on the United Way of Central Kentucky Board of Directors.


“I’ve always been taught and believed that it is our responsibility to give back to the community and help to serve those around us,” he said. “Everyone has different strengths and abilities, and it’s important to learn how to use those to the benefit of those

around you.”


While not a native of Elizabethtown, Niebuhr said he and his family have found solace and a welcoming community here. He said the warmth of the community facilitated not only the upbringing of his children but also meaningful connections that significantly contributed to his personal and professional development.


“No matter what industry you work in or what company you work for, there is nothing bad that will happen from being around great people,” Niebuhr said. “They will help shape who you are and can’t help but have an impact on your life, both personally and professionally. The community of Elizabethtown has had a great impact on me.”

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