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Manufacturing has remained a pillar in Streator’s economy for more than a century. For decades, Streator has been a leader in the production of glass containers, and in more recent years, the number of products produced here has widely diversified and developed.

Vactor Manufacturing, Inc., a major producer of heavy-duty municipal sewer cleaning equipment, is one of the City’s largest employers. Other manufacturing leaders include Carriage House, which stands as one of the U.S.’s leading makers of private label peanut butters; Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-1), the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers; ALM Corp., a leader in lift manufacturing; Streator Dependable, which fabricates material handling products; and Plymouth Tube Company, a global manufacturer of specialty tubing. Streator is also home to manufacturers that produce snow removal equipment, railroad service equipment, log splitters, pressure-treated lumber, bricks, truck bodies and cabinetry and countertops.


Due to the early development of transportation services, which includes the establishment of major arterial highways and three significant rail lines—the BNSF, Norfolk Southern and Illinois RailNet—Streator has become an attractive place for wholesale and distribution companies. U.S. Food Service, a national food and beverage distributor, has a presence in Streator, with further companies distributing items such as dairy products, petroleum products, restaurant supplies and industrial supplies.

Streator’s strategic location places it within a region containing some of the most productive soil in the nation, making agri-business a vital factor in the area’s economy as well. The primary crops grown in the area are corn and soybeans.


Along with manufacturing, distribution and agri-business, Streator encompasses a lucrative and diversified base of commercial enterprises, which range from financial institutions, insurance and professional businesses to St. Mary’s Hospital, a regional healthcare facility standing as the community’s largest employer with over 600 employees. Adding to the list are the variety of retailers and professional services located in Streator’s viable Central Business District. Surrounding the downtown area is Westgate Plaza, equipped with several varied retailers and office space, along with North Plaza Shopping Center and an expanding Kroger Plaza, which both offer supplemental retail options.

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