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Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:35 am
by arch city
Chairman Dunstan: Amazon appears to be coming, but it's not official yet from company
by Dan Brannan, Content Director
Riverbender.com
published May 18 2016 2:15 PM
updated May 19 2016 6:54 AM

EDWARDSVILLE - Amazon appears to be coming to Madison County, but Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan wanted to be clear he is still waiting on the company to make an official announcement.

Talk surfaced intensely in recent days that the Seattle-based company will utilize one warehouse with 500 to 600 employees. It has been speculated for several weeks that Amazon would locate here in the new Lakeview Commerce Center warehouse area.

“I want Amazon to announce it,” Dunstan said. “I would love to have Amazon in Madison County. There will be a lot of good-paying jobs if they come here.”

Dunstan said he has heard that Amazon has been advertising for jobs at what would be the new center. Building permits also have apparently been taken out in Amazon’s name.

The county chairman said he is excited about what the new Lakeview Commerce Center warehouse area will add to the already bustling Gateway Commerce Center for the region. He said the area has developed a nationwide reputation for its distribution centers.

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Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 9:59 am
by shimmy
An article in the BND reported the possibility of a second and third warehouse as well.

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Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:48 am
by mill204
^ Would not be surprising. Amazon frequently locates 2 to 3 of their distribution centers either adjacent or in very close proximity to each other.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:48 am
by DogtownBnR
Looks like it is official.... Amazon to hire 1000 for new fulfillment center in Edwardsville.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 0a987.html

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:08 am
by quincunx
Great news. I hope those jobs are accessible.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:28 am
by arch city
quincunx wrote:
Great news. I hope those jobs are accessible.

I agree. I know a few people who could use a job.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:11 am
by shadrach
Well, arch city, seemed like you called it way back when.

Any specifics on warehouse sites? Curious to see where that fits in with the Gateway East images you posted in the threads 'formative years.'

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:10 pm
by dredger
With or without the NGIA decision it was a bitter sweat day for downstate IL. Amazon made a business decision that made sense for its ledger and the immensely successful Metro East Gateway Center. A nice pickup.

At same time, not specific to Metro East, but downstate none the less was Exelon announcing the closure of two nuclear plants and impacts on 1500 jobs on top of Dynegy idling coal fired plants. 1500 Nuclear power plant jobs that assume are very well paying compared to Amzaon's fulfillment centers. Illinois deregulated electricity pricing has benefitted consumers but talk about a hit to power generation and the jobs associated with it while Missouri power plants chug along.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 0412a.html

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... e27c4.html

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:35 pm
by wabash
Edwardsville has had a coupla wins between Prairie Farms and Amazon.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:22 am
by Mark Groth
Does anyone lament the loss of some of the highest yielding arable farmland in the world? I mean, I totally get why that shipping/warehousing center is where it is, but seems like a brownfield site like the old coke site in south city would've been a better land use.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:29 am
by ricke002
Mark Groth wrote:
Does anyone lament the loss of some of the highest yielding arable farmland in the world? I mean, I totally get why that shipping/warehousing center is where it is, but seems like a brownfield site like the old coke site in south city would've been a better land use.

I'd guess the farmers that are suffering terribly with ultra-low commodity prices wouldn't be super-sad to sell their land to a willing and able buyer

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:28 am
by quincunx
dredger wrote:
With or without the NGIA decision it was a bitter sweat day for downstate IL. Amazon made a business decision that made sense for its ledger and the immensely successful Metro East Gateway Center. A nice pickup.

At same time, not specific to Metro East, but downstate none the less was Exelon announcing the closure of two nuclear plants and impacts on 1500 jobs on top of Dynegy idling coal fired plants. 1500 Nuclear power plant jobs that assume are very well paying compared to Amzaon's fulfillment centers. Illinois deregulated electricity pricing has benefitted consumers but talk about a hit to power generation and the jobs associated with it while Missouri power plants chug along.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 0412a.html

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... e27c4.html


Reducing the diversity of our electrical energy sources is concerning. Natural gas is cheap now, but it'll be a double wammy if it goes up and electricity and gas for heating impact people.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:31 am
by quincunx
Mark Groth wrote:
Does anyone lament the loss of some of the highest yielding arable farmland in the world? I mean, I totally get why that shipping/warehousing center is where it is, but seems like a brownfield site like the old coke site in south city would've been a better land use.


Yes. and there's space in East St. Louis closer to people who really need jobs.

Looks like one at least one of the buildings is already built.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:07 pm
by arch city
shadrach, LOL! :D

Typically, where there's smoke, there's fire; but I only reported what was being reported.

I am glad this FINALLY has panned out for the region.

Re: Amazon To Illinois, Is Metro East (Edwardsville) Next?

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:41 pm
by shimmy
Amazon celebrates first year in Metro East, says more than 2,000 jobs created.

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article169182602.html

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