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Amazon to open new fulfillment center

New facility to have one-million-square-feet, create 500 new jobs

10/16/2019, 6:56 p.m.
Amazon is planning to open a fulfillment center in Channahon, Illinois, creating more than 500 new, full-time jobs starting at ...

Amazon is planning to open a fulfillment center in Channahon, Illinois, creating more than 500 new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits starting on day one.

Employees at the more than one million-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles, and larger household goods. Amazon currently employs more than 11,000 full-time associates throughout the state of Illinois.

"Illinois is a great place to do business and we are excited to continue our growth and investment in the state with our new fulfillment center in Channahon," said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon's Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. "Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $4 billion in the state through its local fulfillment center and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to thousands of employees in the state. We are excited to create more than 500 new full-time jobs, in addition to the 11,000 current employees across the state, who receive industry-leading pay and benefits starting on day one."

"This significant jobs announcement is another sign that Illinois' future is bright, and I'm excited to see Amazon build on its investment in Illinois with 500 new jobs in the south suburbs," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Illinois is the transportation hub of the Midwest, and our workforce is among the best in the world. We welcome and celebrate this new fulfillment center and the economic growth it will create in these communities and in our state."

On top of Amazon's $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in demand jobs. Programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company's corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retails stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon. All associates will go through hours of safety training and have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon's upskilling programs such as Career Choice. In this program, the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program's launch, more than 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.