More than 1,000 jobs are coming to the metro-east, as Amazon has confirmed it will operate two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville.
According to a statement from the online retailer, “Both fulfillment centers will span more than 700,000 square feet each where employees will pick, pack and ship items for customers. One of the buildings will specialize in handling larger items like big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks, and the other building will handle smaller items such as books, toys and electronics.”
The warehouses are located at the Gateway and Lakeview commerce centers, which lie west of I-255, north of I-270 and straddle Illinois 111. The warehouses have already been built, but Amazon is completing interior construction inside the buildings before their operations begin.
“We would like to thank Amazon for selecting Edwardsville as the location for their newest fulfillment centers. The construction of these two enormous warehouse buildings in the Gateway and Lakeview commerce centers will employ hundreds of construction professionals and bring over 1,000 full-time jobs to our region,” Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton said in the statement.
Later Thursday, Patton said he anticipated the fulfillment centers would be operational by September.
Gov. Bruce Rauner in the statement said Amazon’s investment is “a commitment to the future of our state. Amazon brings more than a thousand great paying jobs to Madison County and strengthens Illinois’ position as a national hub for distribution and logistics.”
Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan said, “We look forward to (Amazon) becoming part of our community and we welcome the job opportunities for our residents.”