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Miller grain elevator rebuilds after devastating fire

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It has been nearly three months since a fire destroyed a farm elevator in a small hand county town.

Now the elevator owners have started the process of rebuilding for this years upcoming harvest.

In April, an overnight fire completely destroyed part of Performance Seeds grain elevator in Miller.

The facility housed sunflower seeds for bird food.

But the people here have wasted no time in rebuilding.

"We started pouring cement about one week after the fire, and then we just kept steadily busy on new structures ever since then," Performance Seed Plant Manager, Lloyd Batien said.

On Thursday afternoon construction crews were using a crane to stack pieces of grain bins in their new home.

The bins will be used to house sunflower seeds for Performance Seed.

Batien says even after the fire, Performance Seed was able to keep their entire workforce; 12 in all.

"You first reaction is, there goes my job, and once we realized what was happening and that we were gonna be able to rebuild and stuff, things seemed better at the time," Batien said.

According to City Council President Anthony Rangel, keeping those jobs in Miller was a must.

"We try to do anything we can to help any business stay in town, because it is a small community, and if we can keep them here, it's so much better," Rangel said.

Rangel says keeping the grain elevator open and at full workforce will help to keep people in town and keep a constant source of revenue for the city.

For people like Batien and farmers who rely on the elevator, they're just happy their local buyer will still be around.

Batien says construction here is expected to continue until October, but that it should be finished in time for first harvest.

Rangel says the city is in the process of trying to get a grant to pave the access road for the elevator.

This is not the first disaster for the grain elevator in Miller.

Performance Seed has rebuilt before after a pervious fire.

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