Who are 5 largest employers in Mercer County? We have the answer

Samuel Lisec
Galesburg Register-Mail
Mark Bieri is president and CEO of General Grind and Machines in Aledo.

ALEDO — Here are the top employers in Mercer County, whose last measured population stood at 15,503.

1. GENERAL GRIND & MACHINE, INC

  • Name: General Grind & Machine, INC
  • City: Aledo
  • Number of full time employees: 326
  • What they do: Manufacture machine parts for various industries including agriculture, construction, mining, gas, oil, firearms, rail, automotive and aerospace. According to their website, this private business was first established in 1976.

This tally of employees was provided by the nonprofit Mercer County Better Together. General Grind & Machine, Inc. declined to confirm their current number of employees.

2. MERCER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 404

  • Name: Mercer County CUSD 404
  • Cities: Aledo, New Boston and Joy
  • Number of full time employees: 214
  • What they do: Preschool through Grade 12 school district for Aledo, New Boston and Joy. Schools in the district include Mercer County Early Learning Center, Apollo Elementary School, New Boston Elementary School, Mercer County Junior High School and Mercer County High School.

3. GENESIS MEDICAL CENTER, ALEDO

  • Name: Genesis Medical Center, Aledo
  • City: Aledo
  • Number of full time employees: 108
  • What they do: The Genesis Medical Center in Aledo is a 22-bed hospital that provides cardiac rehab, laboratory, physical therapy, surgery, emergency services and more. It is the only medical center in the county and a member of the larger Genesis Medical System. According to the hospital’s website, the Genesis Medical Center “plays a vital role in providing local health care to a diverse population since 1950.” 

4. MERCER COUNTY GOVERNMENT

  • Name: Mercer County Government
  • City: Aledo
  • Number of full time employees: 85
  • What they do: The Mercer County Government handles the county's various municipalities from animal control to circuit clerk, county clerk, sheriff’s office, treasurer and more.  

5. WALMART

  • Name: Walmart
  • City: Aledo
  • Number of full time employees: 80
  • What they do: The Walmart in Aledo provides general retail, groceries, a photo center and a pharmacy to people in the Aledo area.