Amazon Fulfillment Center to Open Feb 9, Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For Immediate Release
North Pekin, Illinois – Amazon, the world’s largest retailer, will open its fulfillment center in North Pekin on Thursday, February 9. Their first day will start with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at 9 AM at the facility located at 1961 Edgewater Drive (Illinois Route 98) in North Pekin.
Amazon invested millions of dollars to transform a former warehouse into a 90,785 square foot “last mile” facility. “The most visible part of Amazon’s transportation network is our last mile operations, which facilitates package delivery directly to the customer’s doorstep,” said Caitlin Polochak, Regional Public Relations Manager, for Amazon. “While Amazon currently delivers packages via a variety of modes, deliveries through Amazon’s dedicated last-mile delivery network account for over 50% of our shipments, both in the U.S. and globally.”
A smaller initial crew of about 30 employees will operate the facility at opening, with plans to ramp up to about 200 employees within the year. Identifying a suitable property for Amazon started in 2019 when Amazon began working with Tom Camper of Joseph & Camper Commercial to investigate local options. After COVID delayed the search, the facility’s location was announced in 2021. Work commenced in 2022 and wrapped up just after the first of the year.
“They say that good things come to those that wait,” said David Zimmerman, Chairman of the Board for Tazewell County, within which the Center will be located. “We appreciate how difficult circumstances have been since the beginning of this project, but are so very happy to have Amazon’s facility open and hiring locals.”
“This is a big win for the Pekin area, and we could not be more proud of the fact that Amazon chose our community for this facility,” said Amy Whiting-McCoy, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. “Amazon has already proven themselves to be a good corporate citizen and has worked with the Chamber to identify local service partners and charitable organizations to support.”
Added Chris Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council: “Amazon chose to make its investment in Greater Peoria for the same reason so many other companies choose to do the same – our region boasts logistical advantages that help connect products to customers and an incredible workforce. We look forward to building a relationship with Amazon and their management team, and helping them launch their operations here.”
Media, business and community leaders, and citizens are asked to welcome Amazon at the February 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Questions should be directed to Christopher Setti, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 495-5956 or Amy Whiting-McCoy, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, at email@example.com or (309) 346-2106.