Amazon.com Inc. will lease a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Kenosha, Wis., and add up to 400 jobs—the latest in a series of Wisconsin developments by the online retailer. In an announcement from the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, the Amazon facility is expected to begin operating in early 2023. The company will use the building as a regional distribution center.
The new operation is east of Amazon's fulfillment center that opened in 2013 along Interstate 94 and has since been expanded. The company has more than 3,000 employees in Kenosha.
“Amazon has been a wonderful addition to our community and I am pleased to see the new distribution center will add further employment opportunities offering substantial benefits," said Mayor John Antaramian, in a statement.
That news comes after the Wisconsin State Journal reported recently that Amazon plans to develop a 3.4 million-square-foot distribution center on 145 acres near the intersection of County Highway TT and County Highway N, just north of Interstate 94, in Cottage Grove. The $200 million facility project would employ 1,500 people.
The company's other Wisconsin operations include a 2.5 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Oak Creek, which opened in October 2020 and has 1,500 employees.