Amazon.com announced Tuesday it will open new facilities in Illinois, with its first warehouse in the state expected to open next year. The company says its $75 million investment in new Illinois locations will result in the creation of 1,000 new jobs by 2017.
"We're beginning site selection activities now, and we plan to have multiple facilities of various kinds in Illinois by the end of 2017," Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president of global public policy, told the Chicago Tribune.
The facilities, once up and running, would not be exempt from the state sales tax.
"If Amazon or any online retailer has a physical presence here, they would absolutely have to collect and remit sales taxes here," Tanya Triche, vice president and general counsel at the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, told the newspaper.
Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Amazon on Tuesday in announcing the company's plan for new facilities.
"Today Illinois is leading the Midwest in job creation and Amazon will strengthen that growth by delivering 1,000 new jobs to our state," Quinn said in a statement. "Illinois' skilled workforce, world-class transportation system and educational institutions are second-to-none. Making the tough decisions is improving our economy and helping us attract new employers, but there's more work to do. Together with great companies like Amazon growing and thriving in Illinois, we'll build on this progress and create even more jobs."
"With our top-notch transportation network and skilled workforce, Illinois has much to offer innovative companies seeking to expand their operations, especially those, like Amazon, seeking to better serve their customers in the most populous state in the Midwest," Durbin added. "It's been my pleasure to work closely with Amazon on my Marketplace Fairness Act and I couldn't be more pleased that the company has chosen to make this substantial investment in our state, announcing 1,000 jobs with good benefits right off the bat and an opportunity to expand in the future."
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