The family wanted to sell out but Atholl McBean managed to bring the company back through smart investments and cost controls. He ran the company like a company and it began to prosper almost immediately. He borrowed $250,000 to keep the company afloat, discontinued ALL dividend payouts to the family, tightened the purse strings and moved his company into the future.
He was not a popular man with the families to say the least. Eventually he took on hero status for being able to salvage what was left and eventually turn a profit.