Amazon.com announced Thursday it will be opening two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, which are together expected to create over 1,000 full-time jobs.
"Illinois has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding two additional fulfillment centers and creating another 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits on day one in the state," Akash Chauhan, Amazon's vice president of North American operations, said in a statement. "The elected officials throughout the city and state have been very supportive of Amazon and we thank them for helping make this possible. We're excited to soon call Edwardsville home and become an active member of this vibrant community."
Employees at Amazon's 700,000 square-foot fulfillment centers planed for Edwardsville in Southwestern Illinois will process customer orders. Larger items will be processed at one facility and smaller items at the other.
"We would like to thank Amazon for selecting Edwardsville as the location for their newest fulfillment centers," said Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton. "The construction of these two enormous warehouse buildings in the Gateway and Lakeview Commerce Centers will employ hundreds of construction professionals and bring over 1,000 full-time jobs to our region. The professional staffs from the City of Edwardsville, Madison County and the State of Illinois worked seamlessly with our local developers to deliver a much needed employment opportunity for our talented workforce. We are excited to show Amazon the quality of life that makes Edwardsville a great place to live, work and play."
Amazon already has a fulfillment center in Joliet, where 1,500 full-time employees are employed. The company plans to create another Joliet-based fulfillment center, which is expected to generate 2,000 full-time jobs.
"Amazon's newest investment in Illinois is a commitment to the future of our state," added Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. "Amazon brings more than a thousand great paying jobs to Madison County and strengthens Illinois' position as a national hub for distribution and logistics. We are excited Amazon has again chosen our state and continues to be a growing partner in economic development in the Land of Lincoln. This growth represents the type of results possible when state economic development is focused on a long-term strategy, as the newly formed ILBEDC [Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation] is doing with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity."