Fire-ravaged Union City Livestock Auction to reopen Monday

A two-alarm fire tore through the main barn of Union City Livestock Auction on Nov. 4. It destroyed part of the structure.

When John Corwin, owner of Union City Livestock, arrived to his business in the 9300 block of Route 6, it was engulfed. 

"I had tears in my eyes. I can tell you that,” he said. “As long as everybody was safe--no animals died, no persons got hurt--I can rebuild this."

Rebuilding is what he and teams of workers are doing.

"We started cleaning up on Tuesday and about 600 man-hours later, we got a roof over top of the building. We've got fresh sawdust on the floor for the farmers tomorrow--for their cattle."

It has taken hundreds of hours of labor to get Union City Livestock Auction ready to reopen, but there remains much work to be done.

"It's actually business as usual on a smaller scale and little bit slower, because we lost our computer system. We lost over 8,000 registered buyers and addresses. So, we're going to start from scratch on a lot of addresses, names."

With a new space serving as the main office and digital scales recalibrated, Corwin said the business that has been around for more than eight decades will continue to serve the community.

"Our slogan says: "Been here, done that since 1933. So, that's why I'm going to be here next Monday."

Corwin has owned the business for 26 of those years. He said regular Monday auctions will resume on Dec. 11.

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