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Friday, 20 January 2012 15:41

Wauneta native Shane Anderson has returned to Wauneta from the Lincoln area with his young family after being named the new branch manager at the Frenchman Valley Co-op grain elevator in Wauneta

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze


For the past few years Wauneta native Shane Anderson has been hoping an opportunity would arise allowing him and his young family a chance to move back to Southwest Nebraska.

When the position of Wauneta branch manager at Frenchman Valley Co-op opened up this fall, Anderson recognized it as just the opportunity he was looking for. He and his wife, Lindsay, moved to Wauneta from the southeast Nebraska town of Hickman with their two young children in early December, with Anderson taking over at FVC’s Wauneta elevator on Dec. 12.

He replaces former branch manager Monty Mays who has taken over as manager of Wauneta Co-op Oil, one of the last independent small cooperatives left in the state, replacing Shane’s great-uncle Peco Anderson in a job held for decades by Shane’s grandfather Ted Anderson.

With a bookmarked copy of “Managing Stored Grains” laying on his desk, the 31-year-old says he has a lot to learn in taking on the new position at FVC but is enjoying every minute of it so far.

“A lot more goes into the operation here than I ever knew,” notes Anderson, whose father has been an FVC employee for 25 years, working his way up to agronomy manager for the company headquartered in Imperial.

Shane credits staffers Matt Carlholm, Aaron McGinnis and Cindy Fischer at the Wauneta location with going the extra mile to help him learn about Wauneta’s facilities. He has also been receiving on-the-job- training at FVC headquarters and working toward necessary certifications, including taking fumigation training last week.

“Everyone has been very supportive,” said Anderson. “This is probably the best company I’ve ever worked for.”

The 1999 Wauneta-Palisade High School graduate brings a wealth of business experience and know-how to the job.

After attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Anderson went to work for the university in landscape services, working his way up to grounds supervisor. In 2007 he took over as the manager of a grocery store in Hickman, a bedroom community of Lincoln. His wife also worked in the grocery store business as an employee at Super Savers in Lincoln.

In 2011, Anderson took on a bread truck route with Pan-O-Gold-Baking, but quickly recognized that the 14-hour work days would not be compatible with family life, leaving little time to spend with his family which has grown to include 4 1/2-year-old daughter Kiley and 5-month-old son Parker.

The move back to Wauneta has already allowed Anderson to spend more time hunting and fishing with his family and they are looking forward to camping trips to Enders Lake when the weather warms. Kiley is enrolled in preschool in Palisade and will begin kindergarten in August. Lindsay, who hails from Sioux City, Iowa, has joined the staff at Walgren’s Super Market. The whole family also enjoys being closer to Anderson’s parents, Cleve and Brenda Anderson of Wauneta, and his brother, Shelby, and wife, Katie, of McCook.

Reflecting on the way opportunities unfold, Anderson draws on fond childhood memories of crossing these same elevator scales as he rode along with his grandmother Carolyn Anderson in the family’s old red truck. “And here I am now.”

Anderson will be a working manager, tackling office duties along with elevator work.

“The learning curve is steep but it’s been great. I’m enjoying every second of it,” said Anderson, noting that he especially enjoys being out in the elevator as well as face-to-face interaction with FVC customers, many of whom he has known his whole life.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 15:43