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|City Gives Grant to United Facilities
|A Peoria-based company with a large facility in Galesburg says a grant the City Council has approved giving them -- along with some other money they're seeking from other entities -- will help them stay alive.
Aldermen Monday night approved giving the first grant under its Galesburg Employer Training Program to United Facilities. The company is getting $50,000, Galesburg Facility Manager Crystal Galloway says, will go to help replace, and train employees on, a new inventory management system, getting rid of one that she says is "terribly outdated."
Galloway says the new system is urgently needed.
"Competitors already have a similar system in place in their buildings," Galloway said. "I think we have no choice but to do this to remain competitive at all. Our competitor is a very large company, and I'm sure they have a lot more money than we do. It's a very competitive business that we're in, in the third-party logistics. Without the system, I'm not sure that we have a big future."
"You really have taken great strides over the years; and over the years, I've seen this company grow," Mayor Sal Garza told Galloway. "It's a solid partner, a great opportunity for us to participate. We want to thank your corporate people as well. We were able to sit down with them early on, and talk about this potential."
The company has a nearly 850,000 square foot distribution facility on South Henderson Street -- one of nine sites around the country United Facilities owns.
United Facilities is planning a $3 million investment in its Galesburg operations, and is also seeking help from the local Workforce Investment Board and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Over 100 employees will be trained on the new system, and another 20 are expected to be hired over the next two years.
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