MATTESON – Two new Amazon Fulfillment Centers coming to South Suburbs, within one in Matteson and another in Markham.
Gov. JB Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Congresswoman Robin Kelly made the announcement this morning.
“In 2015, I had the honor of watching Amazon’s first fulfillment center here in the state of Illinois down in Joliet, and now having more than 11 facilities and still counting,” said Mike Flannery Regional Operation Manager for Amazon. “Today I’m excited to announce the addition of two new sites here in Cook County to serve across our region.”
“These two facilities will be the first of their kind, located in Markham and Matteson. They’ll represent our newest generation of robotics, fulfillment centers,” said Flannery. “Future employees will work alongside Amazon’s most innovative robotic technology to safely and efficiently pick, pack, and ship smaller customer orders such as books, electronics, toys, and household goods.”
Both buildings are expected to be in operation for the 2021 holiday season.
Jobs will start at $15 an hour with benefits. At least 2,000 jobs including management, human resources, and IT professionals will be hiring at the facility.
“With so many Amazon facilities emerging in the Chicago Metro area, I am certain that we are going to need a more accessible airport,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly during this morning’s announcement. “In fact, Amazon Air has purchased a fleet of 100 new cargo planes, about half of which are operational today.”
Congresswoman Kelly announced Amazon Air is currently seeking locations to build new air cargo hubs, according to a study by DePaul University. The study concludes Chicago will soon need an additional airport to handle future e-commerce needs in the Midwest.
“It is clear to me, from Markham to Matteson to University Park, down the I-57 and Harlem corridors, we are crying for development and look forward to more exciting announcements,” said Illinois State Senator Michael Hastings.