“Amazon to bring 1,000 jobs to Aurora” – Beacon News
Amazon will be opening two facilities which will bring more than 1,000 full-time jobs to Aurora.
Amazon will build two fulfillment centers in the Duke Realty Corporate Park along Ferry Road on the northeastern edge of Aurora.
Amazon, Intersect Illinois and the Illinois Department of Commerce this week announced the Amazon plan. The announcement said Amazon would provide more than 1,000 full-time jobs at the centers, which would be two buildings next to each other on Duke Parkway, near Route 59.
While the company that was coming was officially unknown until this week, the city of Aurora already has approved a $400,000 tax abatement toward the project, to help Amazon pay for building an intersection of Duke Parkway with Route 59. The intersection would help connect Duke Parkway to Route 59, which means the main road through the corporate park would run between the state highway and Ferry Road.
As the city was discussing the development, they were told the projects would bring in a total of 1.3 million square feet of building space, up to 1,400 jobs and about $40 million in payroll. Officials said the Aurora fulfillment centers would join ones Amazon already has operating in Edwardsville, Joliet and Romeoville. There is another under construction in Monee.
“In just over two years, Illinois has proven itself to be an ideal location from which Amazon can continue offering customers our vast selection and superfast shipping speeds,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “We’re excited to be growing and creating even more full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits on day one as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits.”
The Amazon development is being helped by state Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE, program awards, administered through the Department of Commerce. EDGE awards are a tax incentive for companies looking to expand or locate in Illinois, choosing Illinois over another state.
“Amazon’s investment in Aurora is a testament to our growing economy, streamlined business process and dedicated workforce,” said Aurora Mayor Robert O’Connor. “To bring 1,000 new jobs to Aurora at one company is unprecedented and to do so via Amazon, one of the most recognized brands in the world, is monumental.
“It’s just as exciting to know Amazon’s commitment and care for the communities where they have offices and the potential partnerships that will be developed throughout our city. We are absolutely thrilled with Amazon’s decision to choose Aurora for its newest venture.”
At the nearly 1-million-square-foot facility in Aurora employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods. The other facility, spanning 400,000 square feet, will specialize in handling larger items like big-screen televisions.
Illinois competed with several other states for this project, and the Department of Commerce worked to bring the jobs to Illinois. The EDGE program is the state’s primary mechanism to help encourage job creation and capital investment in Illinois.