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Growing family and growing business


n August 2009, one year before opening Platte Valley Ag Products (PVAP), Eric McManaman was introduced by a banker to Ingrid Battershell, center director of in Scottsbluff. McManaman met with Battershell several times over the next 12 months, and in August 2010, two SBA loans — one for the business entity and one for the purchase of the real estate and milling equipment — were approved. PVAP was able to open for business. “My wife will tell you that I am one of the most plan-happy people you will ever meet,” says McManaman, who coowns the business with his wife, Jackie. “The financial projections Ingrid provided really gave us the road map we needed.”

ABOVE — Owners Jackie and Eric McManaman. CENTER (from left)— McManamans with their daughter Jessica, who works part-time in the business; Tyler Phelps, PVAP general manager, and daughter Caty Phelps, PVAP office and bookkeeping assistant, with their children.

The McManamans purchased the former Hergert Milling, which had been closed since 2008, from David Hergert. The Scottsbluff operation consists of 150,000 bushel grain and ingredient storage, inside hay grinder, covered hay storage, five finished products bins capable of holding more than 360 tons, a pellet mill, covered load-out and truck scale, and associated feed manufacturing facilities including bagging capabilities.


“I had worked about eight years

Nebraska Business Development Center 2015 Annual Report  
Nebraska Business Development Center 2015 Annual Report