Gov. Pritzker announces new Amazon plant creating thousands of jobs

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(WMBD) — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the creation of 2,000 new jobs at two new fulfillment centers in the Southland region of Chicago Monday (6/22). Amazon’s Director of Regional Operations, Mike Flannery, also discussed the details in this accompanying video.

“Amazon’s fulfillment and sortation centers already employ 18,000 Illinoisans,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “The sites here in the Southland will bring that number to 20,000. And that’s not including the thousands of jobs in construction and other services that these centers have brought to Illinois. What’s more? All 2,000 of these jobs will start on day one with at least a $15 an hour wage.”

Pritzker said the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the work to create jobs more urgent than ever before. He said he’s grateful for the commitment from Amazon to bring jobs to Matteson and Markham.

“These two facilities will be the first of their kind, located in Markham and Matteson,” said Mike Flannery, Amazon’s Director of Regional Operations. “They will represent our newest generation of robotics, fulfillment centers. 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. We anticipate both buildings will launch in time for the 2021 holiday. So start your shopping lists. And will create more than 1,000 new jobs in each fulfillment center. Full-time jobs, for a total of 2,000 jobs for the community.”

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