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Shatto Milk and UCM's Small Business and Technology Development Center Develop Plan for Business Success

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 3, 2015) – Shatto Milk Company of Osborn, Mo., recently was honored as a winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s Excellence in Missouri Business Award.

Shatto Brammer and Brousard
UCM alumnus Leroy Shatto, owner of Shatto Milk Company, center, recently received the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s Excellence in Missouri Business Award. Joining him were Darrell Brammer, left, director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM, and Chris Bourchard, right, state director of the Small Business and Technology Development Centers in Missouri.

Shatto Milk is one of 19 BDP clients honored with the award in Missouri.The awards highlight outstanding achievements by firms that have worked with the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, or the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center.

In addition to their awards, each winning business received legislative courtesy resolutions from its respective representative and senator.

Shatto, an alumnus of the University of Central Missouri, worked with Darrell Brammer, director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center on the UCM campus in Warrensburg.  In 2013 and 2014, Brammer sent a team of UCM graduate students to analyze bottle waste, milk waste, delivery routes and marketing strategies, among other items.

The information generated by the analysis provided allowed Shatto Milk Company to eliminate waste in employee time and fuel and reduce wear and tear on trucks, which, along with other savings measures, increased sales by nearly $1 million. Employee surveys conducted by the UCM students also produced recommendations, including ways to more efficiently utilize the farm’s bottle capping equipment.

In addition, Brammer assisted with a USDA Rural Development grant application for a manure digester, allowing Shatto Milk to receive a $250,000 grant.

The Shatto farm has been in existence near Osborn for more than 100 years, becoming a dairy operation more than 60 years ago. Owners Barb and Leroy Shatto began to process and bottle hormone-free milk from their own herd in 2003, marketing their products directly to retail outlets. Shatto credits the SBTDC at UCM with helping Shatto Milk Company grow from a small family operation to a nationally recognized dairy success story with more than $4 million in annual revenues.

The BDP is a statewide network that assists Missouri firms with management, marketing, access to capital, international trade, selling to the government and competing against cheaper imports. Business counselors are located on the campuses of the state’s public colleges and universities.