Amazon Plans $75 Million Investment in Heart of the Midwest
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 28, 2014--
Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Amazon.com, Inc. today
announced plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs and $75 million
in investment in Illinois. Amazon is beginning site selection activities
and it plans to open its first facility in Illinois next year.
“Today Illinois is leading the Midwest in job creation and Amazon will
strengthen that growth by delivering 1,000 new jobs to our state,”
Governor Quinn said. “Illinois' skilled workforce, world-class
transportation system and educational institutions are second-to-none.
Making the tough decisions is improving our economy and helping us
attract new employers, but there's more work to do. Together with great
companies like Amazon growing and thriving in Illinois, we'll build on
this progress and create even more jobs."
"With our top-notch transportation network and skilled workforce,
Illinois has much to offer innovative companies seeking to expand their
operations, especially those, like Amazon, seeking to better serve their
customers in the most populous state in the Midwest," Senator Dick
Durbin (D-IL) said. "It’s been my pleasure to work closely with Amazon
on my Marketplace Fairness Act and I couldn’t be more pleased that the
company has chosen to make this substantial investment in our state,
announcing 1,000 jobs with good benefits right off the bat and an
opportunity to expand in the future."
“We thank Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin for their leadership, and
we’re thrilled to create in Illinois more than 1,000 full-time jobs and
$75 million in investment,” said Paul Misener, Amazon vice president,
global public policy. “The state of Illinois has an excellent workforce
and we’re excited to roll up our sleeves and find the right locations,
break ground, and start hiring.”
Amazon plans to begin creating new full-time jobs in Illinois starting
next year and reaching at least 1,000 jobs in 2017.
In addition to competitive wages, full-time Amazon employees are
immediately eligible for comprehensive benefits starting on day one
including healthcare, 401(k) with 50 percent match, stock, bonuses and a
network of support to help employees succeed.
Amazon also offers innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will
pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand
fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at
Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in
game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and
radiology, to name a few.
Amazon’s announcement comes amid fresh federal data showing the strength
of Illinois’ economic comeback. The state’s unemployment rate in
September fell to 6.6 percent, the seventh straight monthly decline and
the lowest in more than six years.
In the last 12 months, the state’s unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1
percent, the largest year-over-year decline in the nation.
The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that
Illinois led the Midwest in job growth last month, adding 19,300
positions. Illinois now has gained more than 300,000 private sector jobs
since February 2010, when the employment market here began to rebound
from the recession.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is
guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor
focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and
long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized
recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct
Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of
the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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