Amazon Touts Illinois Expansion

Amazon.com is celebrating its third year fulfilling customer orders out of Illinois and surpassing the milestone of 10,000 full-time employees in the state.

The company said it opened its first fulfillment center in Illinois, located at 205 Emerald Drive in Joliet, in 2015 with a team of 1,000 full-time employees. Since then, Amazon has opened eight other fulfillment centers, two Prime Now hubs, an Amazon Fresh site, a sortation center, four delivery stations, an Amazon Books store, and a corporate office in Illinois.

As it has expanded in the state, Amazon noted, it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the Illinois economy as part of its expansion of fulfillment infrastructure and as compensation to its employees.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Illinois family,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s vp/North America customer fulfillment. “Our team in the Land of Lincoln has been instrumental in providing outstanding customer experiences, raising the bar on our operational excellence, and continuing to innovate on behalf of the customer. We feel fortunate to have been able to create more than 10,000 jobs in just three years and gratified by the amazing support we’ve received from the community.”