Each of PacMoore’s individual locations and capabilities has a unique story of how it came into being. We love to share these stories of God’s provision in our lives. Most recently, we built the PacMoore Innovation Lab in Gridley, Illinois. This is where we centralize our efforts in food extrusion product development. Our Senior Technical Manager (and mastermind) behind extrusion is Jon Baner, and behind Jon is his hometown of Gridley, Illinois. Though it may seem like just another small Midwestern town, Gridley has a big story.
Finding our Way to Extrusion
A lovely rural Illinois community, Gridley is home to 1,454 folks. The Village of Gridley was founded in 1869 by General Ashael Gridley. Located between Interstate 39 and Interstate 55 just north of Bloomington-Normal Illinois, many of the residents commute to other nearby cities. However, Gridley has several small but thriving businesses that employ several hundred dedicated workers – from food companies to trucking carries to swine feed production, these companies support and work together to make Gridley a strong community.
Gridley is home to many attractions including a library, two churches, two fine dining establishments (come and try the Fat Burger), a lovely public pool, and a telephone museum holding treasures of the early days of this groundbreaking communication device. While there isn’t a grocery store, there is a very large grain elevator, a welding shop, two insurance agencies, two gas stations and three hair dressers. Gridley offers most everything you need to enjoy a peaceful Midwestern lifestyle!