MOUNT VERNON — A local landmark lost its top Thursday when the grain leg was removed from the former Farmer’s Exchange grain silo on West Vine Street. Joe Caplin, owner of Mount Vernon Hardware and the lot that includes the elevator, was pleased to have the metal structure removed.
“I’m just happy to get the grain leg off. It’s been inactive for at least 20 years and now it’s safe, and secure,” said Caplin.
For years, Caplin sought quotes for removing the potential safety hazard atop the silo, but none of the companies he contacted had a crane tall enough for the job. He had also requested quotes for demolishing the silo but after receiving a quote for $100,000, he decided it was cost prohibitive.
Recently National Millwright Service of Lima was working at the nearby farmer’s co-op. The millwright company’s owner Dan Neff noticed the metal structure on Caplin’s silo and stopped to ask if he’d like to have it removed. Caplin was pleased with the opportunity.
The silo does provide some storage space for the hardware store but largely it takes up space. It is also home to a nesting pair of buzzards that were disturbed by Thursday’s activity and flew circles around the silo as the work was done.
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