Amazon announced on Monday that it is opening its first fulfillment center in Illinois, which it says will create a thousand new full-time jobs. This is the sixth fulfillment-related announcement from the company in about three months.
It will be a nearly 500,000-square-foot location in Joliet. As far as jobs, employees will process smaller items, such as books, electronics, and consumer goods at the fulfillment center.
“We are excited to create 1,000 great full-time jobs in Illinois with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on Day One,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We are grateful for the support of local and state leadership in helping to bring Amazon to Illinois and we look forward to being an active member of the community.”
“We are thrilled that Amazon has chosen Joliet as the location for its new Illinois fulfillment center,” added City of Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “The company is not only the leader in the e-commerce sector, but it also will create quality jobs for a diverse community throughout Joliet and Will County.”
John Greuling, President and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, said, “The company is the leader in logistics innovation and technology. We welcome Amazon to Joliet and Will County and look forward to a long successful partnership.”
The project is being developed by GLP.
In May, Amazon announced a one million-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, New Jersey, which it said would create “hundreds” of full-time jobs. Later that month, the company said it was hiring for over 6,000 new jobs in its centers in Baltimore, Breinigsville, Carlisle, Chattanooga, Chester, Haslet, Hazleton, Hebron, Jeffersonville, Kenosha, Lexington, Middletown, Murfreesboro, Petersburg, Plainfield, Robbinsville, West Columbia, Whitestown, and Windsor.
In early June, Amazon announced a new center in Dallas, creating hundreds more jobs, and then announced one in Shakopee, Minnesota, creating over a thousand more. At the end of the month, it announced the launch of selling and Fulfillment by Amazon for businesses in Mexico.
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