A new Amazon fulfillment center has just been announced and it’s being built in Joilet, Illinois. Amazon says this new fulfillment center (just outside of Chicago) will create 1,000 jobs for the local economy. The fulfillment center is going to be nearly 500,000 square feet and help Amazon service customers better and faster.
“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,” said 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.”
Amazon employees at the fulfillment center will process smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
“The company is the leader in logistics innovation and technology,” said John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development. “We welcome Amazon to Joliet and Will County and look forward to a long successful partnership.”
This is the first venture for Amazon in to Illinois and could possibly be an expansion or testing facility for drone delivery. Amazon did not say this in their press release but seeing as this facility is being used for smaller items and located in a major metro area it’s not far off that drone testing could be possible. At any rate, landing Amazon as a job creator is great for the local economy and great for Amazon customers.