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Two Decatur, IL Organizations Expand Building Capacity Near Caterpillar

300 Below and the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center are hosting a joint ribbon cutting ceremony on June 25th to unveil their new warehouse and cat housing addition on Parkway Drive. The event is open to the general public, with fun activities for kids, and liquid nitrogen ice cream will be served along with beverages.

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Decatur provides us with the unique infrastructure to import and export internationally with access to four major Class 1 rail lines and zero switch fees, plus we’re right next to the Midwest Inland Port’s intermodal facility so we can go from rail to semi trucks and back again.

Two Decatur-area organizations will complete construction of their newest building additions on Parkway Drive, near Caterpillar off of 27th Street, on June 25th and will host an open house at 4pm for the public with the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Decatur / Macon County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and Mayor Mike McElroy from the City of Decatur.  300 Below, Inc. and the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center will participate in a collaborative ribbon cutting ceremony, with refreshments offered to the general public, including liquid nitrogen ice cream desserts created by Richland Community College’s Culinary Arts Program.  Activities for kids will be provided by the Children’s Museum of Illinois and tours will be available at both facilities.  300 Below will add a 5,200 sq. ft. warehouse to its grounds, while the animal shelter is expanding its facility to include a new cat addition for the growing animal population.

300 Below, Inc. is a cryogenic processing company that has built a new 5,200 sq. ft. staging warehouse directly adjacent to the Midwest Inland Port in order to accommodate increased demand for its TruBlue Braking components in the automotive and fleet vehicle aftermarket parts industry.  300 Below will continue its partnership with Parke Warehouses and ADM Logistics to handle off-site storage and transportation of its larger stocks of brake rotors for the many fleet clients it serves.

“We are proud to build here in Decatur, IL, and we are grateful for Mayor Mike McElroy and City Manager Tim Gleason for helping us move through the red tape and engineering hurdles.  As fleet managers discover our brake rotors to last 200-300% longer on fleet vehicles, we have to keep pace with our increased demand.  Decatur provides us with the unique infrastructure to import and export internationally with access to four major Class 1 rail lines and zero switch fees, plus we’re right next to the intermodal facility so we can go from rail to semi trucks and back again,” says Pete Paulin, CEO of 300 Below, Inc.

The Macon County Animal Control & Care Center is home to nearly 100 dogs and cats from around the county and is part of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.  The shelter supplies vaccinations plus spaying / neutering to its residents as part of a humane entry and adoption process.  The newest cat room will allow cats with good demeanor to play in a quiet location with access to sunlight and ventilation in an environment that is conducive to volunteer and prospective adoptee evaluation.

“Our Decatur / Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation is excited about growing the capacity of our local shelter to provide more room for our feline residents to play and relax among each other.  We believe this new addition will raise morale among the animal population as well as the citizens of our town who join us during the day to meet these animals.  We also believe that providing a fun play to see our cats will encourage adoptions when people are able to visualize their animal in a home environment rather than in a cage,” says Prescott Paulin, International Research Consultant at 300 Below and Board Member of the Decatur / Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation, the non-profit organization helping to fund improvements at the shelter.

Both organizations support the Decatur, IL and Macon County community, and their investment demonstrates a financial commitment to sustain the growth of new community infrastructure while enhancing economic opportunities in Decatur, IL.  Both new construction projects symbolize a regional commitment in creating a unique place to live and work while allowing all citizens in the community to be proud in calling Decatur their home.


About 300 Below, Inc.
300 Below / CryoTech is the world’s largest and oldest commercial cryogenic processing company, in business since 1966.  Through a liquid nitrogen based process, molecular structures of steel components are rearranged to last 200-300% longer for around 20% cost of the component.  300 Below’s cryogenic treatment acts an extension of the heat treatment process used in manufacturing defense and aerospace components, high-performance motorsports applications, 262,000+ gun barrels, sporting goods, musical instruments. 300 Below has started 156 operations in 36 countries around the world with its technology.  Customers include NASA, all branches of the U.S. Military and their contractors.

About Macon County Animal Control & Care Center (MCAC)
The Macon County Animal Control & Care Center houses nearly 100 animals from the community and contributes to animal health and welfare through its network of volunteers, Animal Control Wardens, Veterinarian and dedicated employees who monitor and care of all of its residents.  MCAC receives both public and private funding for its work in the community, and provides a dedicated response team to deal with animal concerns from our county’s private citizens.  With the continued support of the citizens of Macon County, MCAC is able to help the homeless and voiceless animals of Central Illinois find placement in forever homes.

About Decatur / Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation (DMCASF)
The Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation raises funds to provide discretionary care and treatment to the animals held at the Macon County Animal Control & Care Center, with benefit to at risk animals within the Decatur and Macon County community. The Foundation is comprised solely of volunteers, and there is no overhead to maintain as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  DMCASF was responsible in aiding creation of a new shelter to house Macon County animals while transitioning from the previous location on Woodford Street, home to substantial documented neglect and abuse.  Following its interaction with the Sheriff’s office, and in managing numerous community funds set aside from generous private donors, the DMCASF was successful in creating a shelter that now serves as one of our nation’s model animal shelter facilities.


Prescott Paulin
International Research Consultant at 300 Below, Inc.
Board Member at Decatur / Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation
+1 (217) 423-3070


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