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Amazon closing warehouses in Mundelein and Elgin

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The move is part of a broader nationwide downswing by the Seattle-based company, which took real estate and mass hiring in 2020 and 2021, as e-commerce sales soared during the pandemic. Opened a new warehouse.Amazon’s Chicago-area employees swelled to an estimated 27,000 employees Last year, it increased from 16,100 in 2020, making it the largest private sector employer in the region, surpassing Advocate Aurora Health. Crane list.

As sales slowed earlier this year, Amazon stepped on the brakes by acknowledging its rapid growth. The company nationwide Canceled plan It has opened 42 warehouses totaling about 25 million square feet and delayed the opening of 21 warehouses totaling about 28 million square feet, according to supply chain consultancy MWPVL International.

The company is also closing existing distribution centers and reducing staff. Amazon’s workforce fell from about 100,000 to 1.52 million in the second quarter, mostly in fulfillment and distribution.

The facilities the company has decided to close here are small by Amazon standards, with an 85,700-square-foot warehouse in Mundelein and a total of 66,800-square-foot buildings in Elgin. An Amazon broker has put the Mundelein building at 401 Terrace Drive on sale for subleasing to other companies and the Elgin building at 250 Airport Road, adjacent to Interstate 90, according to an Amazon spokesperson. will be subleased tomorrow.

The two buildings are so-called delivery stations, the final stops before packages are loaded into vans and delivered to customers. The spokesperson did not disclose how many employees Amazon has at the Mundelein building or how many are working at Elgin. She said the company is offering both employment opportunities to employees at other Amazon facilities nearby. also avoided mentioning.

“We are constantly adjusting our network to optimize it for our business needs and improve the experience for our employees, partners, drivers and customers,” she said in a statement. “We are closing some of our older sites, enhancing some of our facilities, and continuing to open new sites. In fact, since 2020, we have added over 350 new modern facilities to our network in the United States alone. And we have dozens more under construction here in the United States and around the world.”

But I’m not moving forward with some projects here.Amazon recently told Crystal Lake officials that it had abandoned plans. 180,000 square feet warehouse Kathryn Cowlin, director of community development for Crystal Lake, said it was located in a northwestern suburb that would have employed about 500 people. The company also scrapped plans for his 250,000-square-foot distribution center at the Daily Herald’s Hoffman Estate. Reported in May.

Amazon’s recent expansion here includes huge fulfillment centers in the southern suburbs of Markham and Mattson, which employ thousands, and smaller warehouses in locations like Cicero, Downers Grove, Waukegan and Chanahon. In the city of Chicago, the company operates in Gage Park, Bridgeport, Pullman, We are opening a new delivery station in Humboldt Park Later this year.

Amazon last year Acquisition of Central Steel and Wire factory in Gagepark, We plan to build a delivery station there. It’s unclear when or if the company will move forward with that project.

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