DECATUR, IL. – G&D Integrated is launching a multimillion-dollar expansion of its supply chain business and delivering up to 50 new jobs to Decatur.
The company, based at 2380 Millikin Parkway, officially broke ground Tuesday on a $6 million addition to its existing 170,000-square-foot building, which already employs 270 workers. The new building will cover another 110,000 square feet, and construction is well under way. The work is expected to be completed by January and the new jobs in place by then, too.
G&D specializes in the collection, warehousing and delivery of products ranging from raw food ingredients to heavy machinery to nuts and bolts to clothing. It also offers manufacturing process services that include subassembly, sorting and painting to prepare parts and materials before they are delivered to manufacturers and stores. Among its major customers are Caterpillar Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Co., John Deere, Mitsubishi and Bergner’s.
Charles Purcell, G&D’s vice president of marketing, said the business success being enjoyed by companies such as Caterpillar and ADM was fueling G&D’s bottom line and prompting the need to create more space and jobs. “Business is good, and customers drive our business,” said Purcell, 49. “We’re seeing things go well with all of our customers right now.”
The company worked with the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County and the city of Decatur in preparing the way for its expansion. The company’s site is covered by the EDC-administered Decatur Macon County Enterprise Zone, and G&D received state and local tax incentives to encourage its development.
Craig Coil, EDC president, says his mission is to create and retain good-paying jobs by helping employers locate and expand here.
“There is good growth happening in Decatur,” Coil said. “And here is another example of a supplier to local industry making a commitment to the community, which reinforces the fact that our major employers are also solvent and stable.”
Julie Moore, director for the Central Region of the governor’s Opportunity Returns program, attended the groundbreaking, along with Decatur Mayor Paul Osborne, who said the G&D expansion was “great news” for his city.
“We appreciate your commitment and confidence in Decatur,” Osborne told Purcell. “And we look forward to great things.”
G&D started servicing the Peoria area in the early 1980s and began operations in Decatur in 1989 with 11 employees and 23,000 square feet of space. Companywide, it now has 23 facilities scattered throughout the Midwest and Southeast, employing 1,800 people, and operates a 500-strong fleet of trucks moving 10 million pounds of freight a day.
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