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|Posted: Aug 21, 2007 9:48 pm Post subject: Manning Grain: Where everything remains the same
|Neat story here.
|Manning Grain: Where everything remains the same
BY ART HOVEY / Lincoln Journal Star
Saturday, Aug 18, 2007 - 11:53:06 pm CDT
BURRESS ó For much of the last three decades, the winds of consolidation have blown through Nebraskaís grain-handling industry with hurricane force.
Allow yourself to get caught up in all the news about mergers and acquisitions, and the sight of a family-owned grain elevator still standing upright 4 miles from the nearest highway can seem almost a miracle.
But as clouds of gravel dust drift away, thereís no obvious tilt to the 100 feet of wood and corrugated tin that anchors Manning Grain. Nor are there any signs of panic 60 miles west of Lincoln at one of the few Southeast Nebraska elevator operations that hasnít become a branch of some distant headquarters.
Kent Manning, 43, is calmly supervising the early stages of construction on a 500,000-bushel steel bin. His brother, Chris, and Kentís sons, Tyler, 14, and Mitchell, 6, are part of the same sweaty scene.
Inside a former railroad depot, Kentís wife, Cindy, also the mother of 11-year-old Brooke, stands at the scale and deals with the routine of weighing arriving and departing grain trucks.
In between busy harvests, Kentís father, Tom, 77, has time to take a break from the business end of a scoop shovel...
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