A little noticed article in the local media said that locally based G & D Integrated planned to cut 535 jobs in Decatur after losing a contract with Caterpillar. The company said it would hire about the same number number of logistics employees. But these new employees would have to go through the job applying process.
G & D was involved in a couple of ways with the bankrupt FireFly which local media indicated G & D owned the building FireFly leased out on Galena Rd. I'm not sure who is occuppying the building now but there does seem to some activity.
Nothing more has appeared in the media since 7/7/12. I wonder if the employees being laid off were union and the new logistic employees would be non-union.
Caterpillar has a large truck plant in Decatur. I had a store there at one time and did some business with Cat.
Peoria Journal Star "G&D Loses Cat Contract; About 200 To Be Laid Off"
Central Illinois News Now (WEEK) "Peoria's Reaction to FireFly Closing"
Peoria Journal Star "FireFly Gives Up Battery Business"
Peoria Journal Star "FireFly CEO Blames Economy"
Peoria Chronicle "FireFly Closes, Taxpayers Left Holding the Bag" (See the comments.)
Widmer Peoria Watch "Shades of the Defunct Peoria IL Based FireFly"