You wouldn’t expect a worldwide leader in anything to be in a town of 1,300, but that would be an incorrect assumption. GIS Group, a maker of grain bins and handling/drying systems, is based in Assumption, steps from U.S. 51 south of Decatur.
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“We have great people; we’re in a farming community,” says Don Nicol. “Our product is as good as any in the industry. I think that’s probably been the key to our success.” Nicol retired from a 34-year career with the company and now is back as a sort of part-time ambassador.
“It has been dry, but that’s for one year,” he says. Farmers “have to be able to have storage and material handling and drying equipment for more than just one year,” he says, adding GSI sells internationally.