NORTH PEKIN, Ill. (WMBD) — Amazon has selected a 100,000 square foot warehouse, located at 1961 Edgewater in North Pekin, to serve as a fulfillment center.
Though the exact opening date is not yet confirmed, it’s expected the center will open by the middle of 2022. The final employment statistics are not yet known, but Amazon officials said similar fulfillment centers across the country typically employ between 250 and 500 people.
Amazon pays a minimum wage of $15 per hour and provides health insurance and parental leave. The facility will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman said its great for the area’s growth.
“We are excited to have Amazon select our area for a Fulfillment Center,” said Zimmerman. “I think its really a sign that we’re a growing economy, we’re healthy, and this is hopefully going to attract more people to this area, and our quality of life, it’ll be a better thing.”
More than two years have been spent developing the project. The company explored various options in greater Peoria with Tom Camper of Joseph & Camper Commercial. Although the pandemic delayed a finalized lease agreement between the property owner and Amazon, Camper was able to finalize it earlier this year.
“Its been a long process but obviously a good one with a good result at the end of it,” said Chris Setti, CEO of Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. “Anytime we can bring more jobs to the region for the people, the better it is, so we’re excited to have their presence here as they fan out across the United States.”
“We are excited to continue our investment in the state of Illinois and look forward to creating hundreds of new, full-time jobs,” said Amazon Regional PR Manager Caitlin Polochak. “We appreciate the support from state and local leaders who have made Amazon’s growth in Illinois possible.”
Bill Anderson, Village Attorney for North Pekin, said the warehouse’s proximity to multiple highways made it an attractive spot for Amazon.
“This location they’ve picked is on State Route 98, and its very close to Interstate 474, so that gives them the ability to bring goods in and take goods out very simply, easily and quickly to the interstate system,” said Anderson.
The facility is still undergoing renovations. More details are expected to be released in the near future. The company usually begins the hiring process about a month before a facility opens.
“Everything is ready to go from the North Pekin side,” Anderson said. “We expect to see quite a significant impact to the economic benefit of the entire area.”