SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 25, 2016--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its
second fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois. The company will create
more than 2,000 full-time jobs at the facility in addition to the 1,500
full-time employees currently working at its existing Joliet facility.
“We have found an abundance of talent in Joliet and we are excited to
bring a new fulfillment center to the city and create 2,000 great
full-time jobs with benefits,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice
president of North American operations. “This community and the elected
officials throughout the city and state have been very supportive of
Amazon and we thank them for helping make this possible.”
"By expanding its investments and operations in Illinois, Amazon will
employ thousands more hardworking residents to grow our economy,”
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said. “Amazon is a global business
leader, making significant commitments to Illinois and our workforce.
This expansion is a vote of confidence in the state's new way of doing
economic development in Illinois with the ILBEDC working alongside the
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.”
Amazon employees at the new 700,000 square-foot Joliet fulfillment
center will pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers like books,
toys and electronics.
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a
comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company
stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and
parental leave benefits.
Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice,
where it will pre-pay 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, employees are pursuing
degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT
programming and radiology, to name a few. The company recently announced
plans to work with nearby Joliet Junior College to assist associates
looking to enroll in courses as part of the Career Choice Program.
Amazon also made a $5,000 donation to the school’s Veterans Resource
Center to support a scholarship program that assists military veterans
with tuition as they transition to civilian roles following service.
“We are excited about Amazon opening a second facility in Joliet,” said
Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “Their confidence in our community
demonstrates that Joliet can attract the best employers in the
e-commerce industry sector.”
“We welcome the continued expansion by Amazon in Will County,” noted
John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic
Development. “The new jobs this project will bring provide tremendous
career opportunities for residents throughout the region.”
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guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor
focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and
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