OSF HealthCare, Caterpillar are the biggest employers in Peoria metro

The Peoria-area employment picture has changed in the last half decade, with corporate relocations and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic all shaking up the workforce.

Here is a list of the top 20 employers in the Peoria area, as compiled by the Greater Peoria Data Hub website. It defines Greater Peoria as Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Logan and Mason counties.

The list is based on a combination of self-reporting and data collected by the digital data firm EMSI. The data was pulled from the website in early May 2022 and is not meant to represent day-to-day fluctuations.

1. OSF HealthCare

An aerial view of the OSF Healthcare St. Francis complex.

OSF HealthCare is Greater Peoria’s largest employer with roughly 13,500 employees. in the five-county region, the medical provider has facilities in Bartonville, Brimfield, Chillicothe, East Peoria, Havana, Hopedale, Metamora, Minonk, Morton, Pekin, Peoria, Roanoke, Tremont and Washington. It is headquartered in Peoria.

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2. Caterpillar

It took more than a week to construct the Caterpillar Pac-Man maze at Edwards.  The maze was 162 feet wide and 180 feet long.

caterpillar employs some 12,000 people in the region. The machinery and equipment manufacturer has area facilities in East Peoria, Edwards, Mapleton, Morton, Mossville and Peoria. Its visitors center and museum is in Peoria.

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3. UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria is home to a child-and-adolescent behavioral-health center that has become too big for its facility, according to hospital officials.

Another medical provider, UnityPoint Health employs roughly 5,000 people in the five-county region. it has area facilities in Bartonville, Chillicothe, East Peoria, Eureka, Hopedale, Lincoln, Metamora, Morton, Pekin, Peoria, Peoria Heights, Princeville and Washington.

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4. Peoria Public Schools

The entrance to the Peoria Public Schools Administration Building is seen in Peoria.

the Peoria Public Schools district has 2,668 employees. The education system has 27 active school buildings: three high schools, a career and technical center, a credit recovery center, seven middle schools, 10 primary and three K-8 buildings, an early childhood center and a special education center.

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5. Illinois Central College

The campus of Illinois Central College in East Peoria is seen in this 2013 file photo.

Established in 1967, Illinois Central College employs 1,800 people in the region. the public community college has campuses in East Peoria, Peoria and Pekin serving more than 7,000 students

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6. Bradley University

The statue of Bradley University founder Lydia Moss Bradley stands Monday, June 29, 2020 adorned with a Class of 2020 mortarboard.

Founded in 1897, Bradley University in Peoria has some 1,300 employees. The private university is consistently rated among the nation’s best in various categories. Its enrollment includes about 4,600 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students.

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7. Advanced Technology Services

With its headquarters in Peoria, Advanced Technology Services has a workforce of 1,073. The industrial machinery repair and maintenance company works with manufacturers to lower costs and improve productivity. Founded in 1985, Advanced Technology Services has been cited by Forbes as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers

More coverage: Advanced Technology Services provides tech services around the world

8. SC2 Services

A supply chain and logistics concern, Peoria-based SC2 Services employs 1,030 people in the region. The employee-owned company provides packaging services, warehousing, industrial painting, logistics and dealer returns at locations in Bartonville, Delavan, East Peoria, Mossville, Pekin and Peoria.

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9. Liberty Steel & Wire

Located in Peoria, Liberty Steel & Wire has 912 employees and is one of the nation’s largest wire and rod mills, producing some 700,000 tons of steel each year. Formerly Keystone Steel and Wire, the company manufactures billets, rebar, rod, industrial wire and agricultural fencing.

Related: Throughout a history of change, Keystone’s purpose remains the same

10. City of Peoria

The seat of city government, Peoria City Hall, 419 Fulton St. in Downtown Peoria, is framed in the recently restored

the city ​​of Peoria has 888 employees, including public administration, fire, police, public works and other departments serving some 113,000 residents

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Founded in 1937 and once known as Caterpillar Employees Federal Credit Union, CEFCU has 867 employees providing banking services. In the five-county region, it has locations in Chillicothe, East Peoria, Eureka, Germantown Hills, Lincoln, Morton, Pekin, Peoria and Washington.

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