Top Employers

Top Employers

Knox County, IL is home to many successful and thriving businesses. From startups to larger companies, innovation is what you will find here. Below you will find a little bit more about the top employers of Knox County.


Transportation/Logistics - Rail Classification Yard - 1,031 Employees

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of the products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply and power communities throughout America and the world.

OSF HealthCare

Regional Medical Center - 593 Employees

Our goal is to improve the lives of those we serve by providing quality heath care that is affordable, leads to the best patient experience and improves the overall health of our community. We are committed to providing care in new and innovative ways that allow people to stay in their hometown – removing the barriers for care, and to bringing more services to those with fewer resources.

CUSD #25

Education - Community School District - 626 Employees

Community Unit School District #205 is committed to working together with teachers, parents and the community to offer a comprehensive and challenging education for every student. We want each student to be well-prepared for life in an ever-changing society. Galesburg School District is compromised of a high school, alternative high school, two middle schools, five elementary schools and one preschool. There is a current enrollment of 4,384 students.

Blick Art Materials

Warehousing/Transportation - 558 Employees

Founded in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1911, Blick Art Materials ( is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States with more than 65 retail stores nationwide. Its products cater to the full spectrum of artists — from the youngest child ready to scribble with his or her first crayon to well-known, gallery-represented professionals. The company’s extensive product selection, competitive prices, and superior customer service make Blick the best choice for art educators, students, artists, architects, designers, hobbyists or anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure.

Knox College

Education - Higher Education - 500 Employees

Knox College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, devoted to providing a personalized education in a diverse and vibrant community. Knox provides its students with an education that prepares them to be engaged, innovative, and productive global citizens, ready to lead lives of purpose and to work in fields that don't even exist yet. But our future is also rooted in our past. Knox’s current enrollment is around 1,300 students. They currently have students from 48 states and 51 countries.


Healthcare - 324 Employees

Bridgeway is a not-for-profit human services organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in west central Illinois and southeast Iowa. Services provided include: behavioral health counseling, vocational training, substance abuse, family services, community employment, services to individuals with developmental disabilities and community living. Through these services Bridgeway staff work to provide creative solutions for everyone. Bridgeway offers job opportunities as well as provides services to our communities such as data entry, janitorial services, metal fabrication.

Hill Correctional Center

Government - 288 Employees

The Hill Correctional Center is a medium-security adult male prison of the Illinois Department of Corrections. The prison opened in October 1986 and has an operational capacity of 1,867 prisoners. Offenders incarcerated can take classes to prepare for a GED and also vocational skills taught at this prison include maintenance and various career technologies.


Manufacturing - 221 Employees

Gates Corporation is a leading manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions.

City of Galesburg

Government - 219 Employees

The departments of the City of Galesburg are comprised of Administration, Community Development, Economic Development, Fire Department, Emergency Management, Police Department, Public Works and Parks and Recreation. The city is a home rule municipality and has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1956. The City Council is compromised of seven Council members and a Mayor. Since 1873, the City of Galesburg has been the county seat of Knox County.