By ROBERT S MERRILL
Plans are now in the works to rebuild a grain mill at Valley Wide Co-op in Preston. A fire caused approximately $5 million in damage on March 7 and destroyed the land-mark structure at 264 So. State.
Demolition of the burned-out structure was completed in early summer by specialty crews from the mid- West. A firm from Iowa, ABC Crane, took down most of the still-standing structure.
It took several weeks for the company, who specializes in grain-mill demolition, to remove the structure that was built in phases. Some of the buildings were several decades old. Grain that was stored in steel granary silos adjacent to the mill was vacuumed out and sold. Another company removed the silos during mid-summer.
Soon after the fire, Valley Wide officials made a decision to rebuild the facility in the Preston area.
“It has taken several months to resolve insurance questions,” said Shaun Parkinson.
This story is sponsored by Preston Drug.
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