UNADILLA, NE (KPTM) – It was Labor Day in 2011 when the Chisholm family woke up to their barn wiped out by a heavy windstorm. The entire barn was uprooted and spread throughout their farmland.
The Chisholm family produces diary products at the Chisholm Family Farm. High wheat prices forced the family to look for a new farm. They still wanted to produce their product and found a farm near Unadilla, NE.
However, the farm didn't have a Micro-Creamery. The landowner, who also wanted to produce cheese products at his farm, agreed to build the barn. The Chisholms and the landowner agreed to go into business together.
The landowner hired Antonio Allen of Touch of Class Enterprise in South Omaha. The Chisholms tell Fox 42 News the owner paid Allen $41,000 dollars.
The Chisholms said Allen told them he would have the barn complete by November 20, 2012. They said they just wanted it built by Christmas of 2012.
Andrew Chisholm said, "Antonio came to me to do a job for us and he just hasn't fulfilled his part of the bargain."
The cement foundation has been laid for the barn and there has been electricity added to the farm. Allen's company subcontracted this work out. But the barn was never constructed.
Laura Chisholm said, "What he did, he did wrong, but my message to him would be to please, please give back his money."
Fox 42 News spoke with Allen on the phone Wednesday and he told us he couldn't meet the fast time demand from the family. Additionally, he is planning to pay back a portion of the $41,000 by Monday, February 18, 2013. Allen said the amount will be determined by the Otoe County Sheriff's Office. He also apologized for the situation.
The Otoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating this case to see if there are any criminal charges needed. They would not disclose any other information.
Meanwhile, the Chisholm family has to have their barn completed by the end of the month. Currently, the family is traveling back and forth between farms, taking care of the cows on one and living on the other. Once the barn is complete, the family can move the company over.
The new company is going to be called Orchard Hill Creamery and Country Store.
Another barn is on the way to the farm, but the Chisholms need a way to pay and build it. Singer Tonya Ward will be holding a Raise the Barn Fundraiser on Saturday.
The barn is expected to arrive between 9 and 11 in the morning. You can visit this website to volunteer. http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/1054434642087
For more information on the Orchard Hill Creamery visit http://www.orchardhillcreamery.com/index.html
Also, any barns purchased from Perka World Class Buildings will go to benefit the Chisholm family. You are asked to call Paul Gibson at 1-800-go-perka for more information.
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