OSF-Caterpillar announcement could mean a new face for Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. - Caterpillar is a huge mover and shaker in the community, but OSF’s downtown announcement could mean a new face for the river city.

Henry Vicary, Caterpillar’s Director of Guest Relations said, “They’re a great partner and the fact that they’re gonna be our neighbor and develop the property.”

Caterpillar has been the face of Peoria for nearly a century, but with OSF Healthcare moving 700 jobs downtown, It could soon be the newest face of the city.

“It’s gonna return our downtown to a place that’s vibrant, active, energetic” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. “It’s really gonna help us with what we're doing in the warehouse district and downtown too.”

This comes after many city officials have already been pushing goals to make the downtown and warehouse districts a sprawling area in Peoria.

Leadership from both Caterpillar and OSF say they're excited to be a piece of the puzzle that they hope can make Peoria a better place to work and live.

“In many respects what it represents is a blank canvas on the inside,” OSF Healthcare CEO Bob Sehring. “That gives us again an opportunity to create really a collaborative space and a very different environment for our mission partners.”


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