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Lehi Roller Mills on the Auction Block

LEHI, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – It's been a pillar of Lehi for more than one-hundred years, but today the future of the Lehi Roller Mills is uncertain, as it sits in bankruptcy and is up for auction.
LEHI, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – It's been a pillar of Lehi for more than one-hundred years, but today the future of the Lehi Roller Mills is uncertain, as it sits in bankruptcy and is up for auction. That has both city officials and residents concerned about what's next.

Ask anyone what comes to mind when you think of the City of Lehi and you are likely to get the same answer.

"Lehi doesn't really have a skyline, it doesn't really have a downtown, right when you get off the freeway that's what you see. When you think of Lehi you think of the roller mills," says Lehi resident, Blake Romney.

This icon hit the national stage thanks to a famous scene in the 1983 movie, Footloose.

“I think anytime anyone thinks of the Roller Mills they always think of how Kevin Bacon made it famous," says Brittany Stoker.

Its products have hit tables from coast to coast.

"If anybody has had Kentucky Fried Chicken or made pancakes or baked bread they have probably been a recipient of the Lehi Roller Mills in one way or another," says Mayor, Bert Wilson.

Times aren't so fortunate for the family owned business. After filing for bankruptcy late last year all assets are now up for auction.

Mark Hashimoto, the court appointed Chief Restructuring Officer tells ABC 4 Utah that so far one offer is on the table from KEB Enterprises for $4.4 million. The outstanding debt of the company is about $10 million.

They have until August 13th to see if a better offer comes in.

As the process plays out Mayor Wilson worries what it could mean for jobs.

"They hired several employees, most of them lived in our community, so that could be a great job loss."

As residents make a plea to prospective buyers.

"I'd like to see the identity remain, if they could keep the outside structure, keep it looking like the Roller Mills," says Romney.
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