• Decatur Hi-Lite

    Decatur: The Soybean Capital of the World.

    The Decatur Branch was established in September of 1996 with one full time technician. Today the branch has grown to 5 full time Technicians, a Parts Clerk, a Service Manager/Rental Coordinator, 2 Aftermarket Salesmen and one Unit Salesman. The Decatur Branch handles all service equipment needs, dock and battery & charger repairs, rentals and aftermarket sales as well as new equipment.

    Decatur, IL is a small town with a big history. It was founded in 1823 and was named after The War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur, Jr.  The city is noted as being called “The Soybean Capital of the World”.  President Abraham Lincoln was the most notable resident who settled with his family west of town in 1830.  Decatur hosts the largest street festival in the state of Illinois.  Every year over 150,000 people come to the celebration to enjoy live bands, vendors and fun activities for the whole family.  The Decatur branch donates rental units for use at the festival as well.

    Decatur was the original home of the Chicago Bears from 1919 to 1920.  The football team was then known as the Decatur Staleys and played at Staley Field. An area of interest close by is the Macon County Speedway which opened in 1946.  It is now owned by Bob Sargent, NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Tony Stewart.

    The Decatur branch has sponsored the Champaign Dream Team which is a youth baseball team.  They truly enjoy their sports! The branch enjoys NASCAR racing, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, and watching the Illini football and basketball teams.

    Here are a few interesting tidbits about the branch employees. Jerry Lutz brings in the best treats including a taco dip and Christmas treats. The “Go to Geek” at the branch would be Tom Owen. Shaun Lyon was voted most likely to send to the reality TV show “Survivor” because he has a short fuse and is up for any challenge thrown at him. Ron Stedman achieved the title “Best Sense of Humor” because he always makes conversation by making jokes or remarks to make the day more enjoyable.

    Service Manager, Michelle Hamilton does a great job keeping the branch running smoothly. Thanks Decatur!

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