Whether it’s agriculture or amplifiers, Effingham, Illinois serves as a crossroads, a junction, and a thriving hub to industry and innovation.
Necessity is truly the mother of invention, if you ask Jordan Chestnut. A guitar and amplifier enthusiast, Jordan saw a need in his small town for a quality music business and made it happen. It’s that drive, entrepreneurship and innovation that defines Effingham: A small community with a deep history of farming, innovation and passion cranked up to 11. The community carries on its legacy as “a hub city” by offering both unique industry and leadership in everything from modern agriculture to handcrafted wooden butcher blocks – just like those made by Boos Blocks inside the city. But to get the pulse of the community, you need only visit a local barbershop and ask how things are going. Or, as one local barber says, “Everybody knows everybody and everybody cares. That’s small town America, right there.”
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