Amazon opens in Channahon with 1,000 workers and still hiring

Amazon this week opened its new one-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Channahon with 1,000 employees.

The first day of operation was Sunday, and Amazon is still hiring, the company said in a news release.

The first item brought into the building was a pallet of Shark Rocket vacuums.

"We have an incredible staff on board, and we're excited to be offering industry-leading jobs with comprehensive benefits," Amazon Channahon Site Manager Nick Lamb said in the release.

The fulfillment center currently employs more than 1,000 full-time associates who pack and ship large items, including sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, bicycles, and larger household goods.

Starting wage is $15 an hour. Full-time employees also receive medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) retirement plan with 50% match.

Amazon said people interested in positions can visit to apply.

"From 2010-2019, Amazon has invested more than $8 billion in Illinois, including infrastructure and compensation to employees in the state," Amazon said in the release.

Other Amazon fulfillment centers in the area are located in Joliet, Crest Hill, Romeoville and Monee.