I stopped in the Hizer Stove company and took a free tour of the business with one of the three older brothers who own this family business. Berne is a small city in Indiana and the majority of the workers were Amish. If you enjoy machine shops, then this is a great gadget type business to visit. Please watch the video.
Andy Lee Graham May 9, 2012
Hitzer Stoves: Hitzer manufactures alternative heating appliances since 1975 by Amish Craftsmanship and are made in the heart of Amish country USA. Hitzer is a leading manufacturer specializing in wood and coal stoves.
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Nickname(s): Furniture Capital of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°39′29″N 84°57′15″W
Township Monroe, Wabash
Mayor William (Bill) McKean (R)
Elevation 843 ft (257 m)
Population (2010) 3,999
ZIP codes 46711, 46769
Berne is a city in Monroe and Wabash townships, Adams County, Indiana, United States, 35 miles south of Fort Wayne. The population was 4,150 at the 2000 census. Berne and the surrounding area have become known for their large Amish population.
Berne was settled in 1852 by seventy devout Mennonite immigrants who came directly from Switzerland, and named the community for the capital of Switzerland. They began the chore of preparing for farming by clearing the land. However, farm markets were severely limited because of treacherous mud roads and distant trade centers. The advent of the railroad was soon to be the answer to the immigrant's prayers. When the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad laid plans to construct a rail line through Adams County, two farmers, the Hilty brothers, offered a proposition: they would donate land to the railroad in exchange for the building of a rail depot in the small community. The railroad companies agreed, and the farmers quickly plotted 10 building lots in anticipation of what was to come - more settlers. On Christmas Day, 1871, the first train arrived. This historical event marked the beginning of Berne, which was officially recorded as a community soon after. A steady stream of Swiss and German people came into the area from that train, as did English-speaking migrants, some of which became successful businessmen in the new community. They contributed immensely in the growth of Berne.