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AGRI-FAB • PROFILE
GRI-FAB’S LONG HISTORY BEGAN DUR-
ing the Great Depression of the 1930s, when busi-
nesses in the Sullivan, Ill. community were clos-
ing their doors and unemployment was rising.
What could this normally prosperous community
do to turn the tide? Commitment to the unemployed became the
voluntary responsibility of a collaboration of organizations
called Community Industries.
Founded in 1936, the organization had three working divi-
sions: Lucy Ellen Candies, Felicity Fashions and Creative
Designs. Creative Designs ultimately became Yard Man
Industries, the predecessor of Agri-Fab. The Yard Man division
built and designed lawn tractors. All divisions put people back
to work, saving Sullivan from a severe economic decline.
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