The projects will add to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s workforce in Illinois, currently encompassing more than 11,000 people.
Amazon’s new fulfillment centers, at 7001 Vollmoer Road in Matteson and 15924 Western Ave. in Markham, will use the company’s robotics technology to pick, pack and ship products, according to the company.
“As a global leader of the rapidly growing distribution industry Amazon will now have access to our exceptional regional workforce, a very vibrant business climate and our continuing commitment to attract diverse forms of economic development,” Matteson Village President Sheila Chalmers-Currin said in a statement. “This particular project is clearly an economic engine that will attract hundreds of jobs to our town.”
Amazon will own its warehouse in Matteson, which is being developed by Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties, according to an Amazon spokesman. It will lease the building in Markham, which was developed by Indianapolis-based Scannell Properties.
The projects and Amazon’s hiring plans offer good news for a local economy still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. With the growth of e-commerce accelerating due to the virus, the logistics and warehouse businesses are rare bright spots in an otherwise gloomy commercial real estate market.
“Amazon's two new fulfillment centers in Matteson and Markham will serve as an economic engine for Cook County's Southland,” Preckwinkle said in the statement. “I am pleased to welcome these state-of-the-art facilities to Cook County and am grateful for the much-needed job opportunities it will bring to the region.”