By BOB SHRALUKA
"Everyone is doing all they can. It's just going to be a tough three of four months. But we'll stick with it," owner Greg Milholland said Wednesday, one day after his Affolder Implement firm in Berne formally reopened for business just eight days after a devastating fire.
""We're as full-go as much as we can be," the Decatur resident said of the reopening. "It's kind of like trying to walk with one foot off. We lost our parts department, but we can order parts; things like that."
Two-thirds of the business was destroyed by fire.
Some credit for the quick reopening has to go to firefighters, Milholland said. "We have to thank the fire departments for that. They did a great job. They saved our sales office and computers."
What started the fire has not been determined and may never be, so great was the destruction. A state fire investigator "said he has some theories, but nothing he can prove," Milholland said.
All 14 employees are at work and, "like I said, doing all they can. Until we can get it rebuilt, it's going to be tough."
Affolder Implement started around 1930. Milholland has been employed at the business since 1974, bought into it in 1976, and eventually became the owner.