Black Bros. donates $10,000 to help revitalize hometown
Black Bros. donates to Reimagine Mendota

Accepting the donation from BBCO ownership Matt and Evan Carroll (third-fourth from right) is Annie Short of Reimagine Mendota. Also present are members of SRCCF and Community Heart and Soul.

MENDOTA, Ill. -- Black Bros. and the Carroll family, owners of Black Bros., donated $10,000 to Reimagine Mendota through Starved Rock Country Community Foundation. 

The sum seeds a fund-raising effort to support Mendota development and revitalization projects. The small, North Central Illinois community experienced devastating fires last August and again in December that destroyed large sections of two blocks of Mendota's historic downtown. 

Black Bros., established in 1882, has called Mendota home since 1900 when the company relocated from Chicago. The company makes gluing and laminating equipment used by wood product manufacturers and other industries. 



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