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Amazon Plans Distribution Hubs In Michigan and Illinois

Amazon plans to open two fulfillment centers in Lavonia, Michigan and Aurora, Illinois.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $7.5 million grant as an incentive for Amazon to build a $90 million distribution hub in Lavonia that could create from 1,000 to 1,500 jobs in the region. The City of Livonia and Wayne County, Michigan reportedly teamed up to offer additional incentives including property tax abatement and public infrastructure improvements.

According to Amazon its planned Aurora facilities will employ 1,000 associates. 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.

The company currently has fulfillment centers operating in Edwardsville, Joliet and Romeoville with another fulfillment center 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.”

“Intersect Illinois has worked closely with Amazon for months to grow and maximize Amazon’s footprint in Illinois,” said Intersect Illinois CEO Jim Schultz. “Team members like Frank Cho recognized early on that Illinois and Amazon could be tremendous partners and that hard work is paying off. Illinois can offer Amazon exactly what it needs.”

“With a talented workforce, central location in the Unites States and the North American market, and a world-class transportation hub, Illinois is proving it has assets no other state can offer,” Schultz added.

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