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|Distribution Center Official Touts Positives for Staying Put in Galesburg
|The man in charge of a Tennessee-based logistics firm's Galesburg distribution center says his employees have dodged quite a bullet on more than one occasion.
Derby Industries Regional Director Darryl Phillips told a panel assembled as part of Thursday night's community visioning session related to transportation and infrastructure that when the Galesburg Maytag plant closed, the Galesburg facility lost 90-percent of its revenue, but that it bounced back and became profitable. Then, several years later, it lost 60-percent of its revenues when another firm backed out of town, but bounced back and became profitable again.
And Phillips says that's all due to one of Galesburg's greatest strengths: the local workforce. "(The employees) helped make the decisions," Phillips said. "We opened it up as our business. We opened up financial things. We sat around tables and made decisions like it was our own business and how we were going to be able to remain profitable. They made those decisions. You just don't get any better than that for employees."
Phillips says as far as positives he sees and that clients have latched on to, there's a lower overhead for doing business here compared to other areas, and that there are many low-cost facilities. But he says there's one big deterrent, a perception he sees as unfair that the city is out in the middle of nowhere.
Participants in the visioning session suggested that the city has to better promote access to Interstates and the Railroad as some ways to overcome that.
(Darryl Phillips, right, Derby Industries Regional Director, listens to Thursday Night's Community Visioning Session at Carl Sandburg College. Seated with him are GREDA Board member and real estate agent Kit Wilcox, center, and Larry Cox, Galesburg Public Works Director. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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