Peoria Forklift Parts - Peoria (population around 115,000) is situated on the Illinois River in Illinois State. It serves as the county seat of Peoria County. The Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area (population approximately 372,400) is the 3rd-most populated metro area within the state of Illinois outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
The city of Peoria gets its name from the Peoria, a major tribe of the Illinois Indian confederacy. Initially a village called Fort Clark, Peoria was renamed in 1825 and ten years later was incorporated as a town. A decade afterward, it became a city. The issue of slavery in the Civil War left its mark on the city's past. During the year 1854, Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln both spoke about the issue to the people of the city on the courthouse steps. During the first part of the 20th century, the city of Peoria was popular for liquor production and Vaudeville entertainment.
Downtown Peoria boasts the Peoria Riverfront Museum, an extensive facility with interactive displays, exhibits and a planetarium. There is also the Wheels o' Time Museum and the Lakeview Museum for the Arts and Sciences. The Peoria Civic Center is an expansive facility hosting conventions and entertainment activities. Bradley Park was established during the year 1910 and features gardens with a Japanese Bridge.
There is a strong manufacturing base within Peoria, since more than 200 companies that manufacture over 1,000 different products. Much of the focus for these companies is in the production of internal combustion engines and machinery intended for the markets within North America. The city's biggest employer is the famous Caterpillar Inc., a producer of heavy machines and engines. The city of Peoria also has many distilleries and breweries and a large grain and livestock exporting center. The city of Peoria has burgeoning biotech and technology industries. The Peoria Next consists of several organizations within the fields of technology and life sciences, and material and engineering sciences.
The city is home to many national consumer research businesses. Peoria is seen as representing "mainstream America", especially Midwestern America, which makes it ideal for opinion testing and national product marketing.