PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – An IT company that has existed for more than 31 years is returning to its roots.
Facet Technologies presented their new headquarters in the fourth district of Peoria to the community on Wednesday evening. The company, previously headquartered in Beijing, is now located at 3024 W. Lake Avenue.
Brian Ford, the company’s owner, said he started the company not far from the new facility.
“I started my business on the other side of Scenic Drive in 1989,” said Ford. “Basically just a few thousand meters from here.”
Ford said the company has had a presence in Peoria for years as the owner of Nerds on Call. He said they officially moved into the new location in early April and said it was a perfect growth opportunity.
“We took this building and rebuilt it and adapted it to our purposes. It’s a very open concept, “said Ford.” All of our boys and girls can work together and literally look over at someone else and say, ‘You’re the expert on this, what am I supposed to do here?
He said the IT company, which serves over 5,000 businesses nationwide, provides services to residents and businesses such as IT solutions, cybersecurity services, backups and surveillance solutions. Ford said these services are more important now than ever.
“We give people peace of mind on computers and networks, and network security is a big deal right now,” said Ford. “With all the cryptoviruses and all the security problems. Therefore, we make sure that our customers are safe and that they are doing well. “
He said moving to Peoria not only gives them the opportunity to grow, but also to bring people on board. He said that Facet has a team of around 30 people and this is an opportunity to create more jobs in the area.
“We’re growing all the time and we’re not just looking for technical people, we’re also looking for administrative assistants, we’re looking for dispatchers,” said Ford.
City guides, employees and local companies who helped with the renovation of the building took part in the event on Wednesday.
Andre Allen, the city’s fourth district councilor, said he was excited to have Facet Technologies right in his garden. He said the city’s economic development department worked with the company to try to remove any obstacles in its path.
“It’s very punctual,” said Allen. “It’s part of a trend that our tech industry is growing, but we’re also seeing cybersecurity problems approaching, and so they can solve many of those problems. So I’m very happy to have her Peoria here. “
Allen said he recommends any business, small or large, to take advantage of the company’s services at a time when there are so many cybersecurity threats.
He also said residents should be on the lookout for job opportunities the company will provide, calling them “housekeeping” jobs as city guides seek to raise the median household income.
Ford said the future looks bright for the company.
“We are actually developing some of our own products and services that are actually unique and that we will sell to some of our competitors,” said Ford.
He didn’t specify what those products and services would be, but said expansion is definitely in sight.