Union Mills Elevator To Be Repaired Following Explosion

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July 15, 2013 — Avon-based Co-Alliance LLP has set the timeline for restoring operations at a LaPorte County grain operation damaged by an explosion last month that killed one worker.

Plans call for the Union Mills facility to be fully-restored by next spring.  Co-Alliance CEO Kevin Still says the work will begin immediately, with the company’s goal is to receive soybeans at harvest and wet corn by October 1st.

Still says most of the damage occurred in the initial explosion.  Several grain legs and conveyors will be replaced.  There was also damage to four concrete silos, but independent structural engineers and insurance consultants confirmed the grain silos can be safely repaired to function through the coming harvest season.

The explosion killed 67-year-old James Swank of Union Mills.  The LaPorte County Coronor said Swank died when he was thrown off the elevator by the force of the blast.


(Union Mills elevator photo — courtesy


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