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Saturday, 10 December 2011 18:08


Longtime manager and 40-year employee Peco Anderson, at left, is helping Monty Mays, right, learn the ropes at Wauneta Co-op Oil as the company transitions to a new manager. Joyce Bley, center, has worked alongside Anderson as co-manager since 2002.

 

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

Harold ‘Peco’ Anderson has spent a significant share of his life — over 40 years — working at Wauneta Co-op Oil.

During that time he has tackled almost every job associated with the fuel and repair business, working his way up to manager.

Anderson joined the Co-op Oil staff in August 1971, when his brother, Ted Anderson, was the manager. To avoid a conflict of interest, Ted didn’t actually hire his younger brother, instead deferring to board members Clyde Hoff, Elmer Keiser and Ervin Kitt to make the hiring decision.

A few years later in 1975, Peco was tapped to take over as branch manager at the Palisade Co-op station during an interim period.

In October 2002 he and co-worker Joyce Bley teamed up as co-managers, stepping in to replace former manager Wyatt Croft. During their tenure Anderson and Bley have guided the local cooperative through the ups and downs of the local economy, keeping the business in solid financial condition as other small cooperatives have fallen by the wayside.

With four decades of expertise under his belt, Anderson is now helping to transition Co-op Oil into the next era.

Monty Mays of Imperial has signed on to serve as manager at Co-op Oil, beginning work there on Nov. 21. He will be a familiar face to most Co-op Oil customers who will recognize him as Wauneta’s former Frenchman Valley Co-op branch manager. He left that position, which he began in March 2010, to accept the job a block to the north at Co-op Oil.

The Kansas native has a strong background in agriculture having grown up farming and ranching in south-central Kansas. Mays and his wife, Jill, and their family have lived in the Imperial area for 10 years.

During his tenure at FVC, Mays made significant strides in improving the operation and property at the grain storage facility.

Both he and Anderson share a customer-focused attitude, a ready smile and the willingness to pitch in with whatever task is at hand. “That’s what it takes here to make things fly. Yes, sir. You have to be a working manager,” said Anderson.

At present Bley is continuing with her work, providing expertise with the books and office details. Anderson said he will remain part of the crew until everyone is comfortable with the transition.

Wauneta Co-op Oil has locations in Wauneta and Palisade. The Co-op Oil is presently comprised of 13 employees: Anderson, Bley, Mays, Kent Buffington, Ed Arenz, Dennis Pfeiffer, Kyle Baker, Jim Helberg, Rhona O’Neil and Marissa Smith in Wauneta and Karleen Cooper, Maxine Scott and Roberta Werkmeister in Palisade.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 December 2011 18:11