Illinois received positive economic news this week, as Amazon Inc., Cronus Chemicals and Coyote Logistics announced plans to either establish future facilities in Illinois or, in the case of Coyote Logistics, expand its already existing location.
Amazon confirmed plans to begin operations in the state by 2017, bringing with them 1,000 full-time positions. A company representative did not specify what those jobs would be, but said that the company plans to pursue a variety of different activities in Illinois.
Facility locations have not been decided, but the company is scouting possibilities around the state and noted the Chicago area is one of the potential locations.
The state also celebrated a similar announcement made by Cronus Chemicals LLC, which has chosen Illinois to be the site of its new $1.4 billion fertilizer plant. The plant will produce nitrogen-based fertilizers urea and ammonia.
The plant will be constructed near Tuscola, in East Central Illinois, beginning in spring 2015. Approximately 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created, with 175 full-time positions once the facility is completed. At this time, 25 Cronus employees work out of the company’s Chicago headquarters.
The company chose Illinois over runner-up Iowa, though a Cronus spokesman said that the company looked at 76 sites in nine states before ultimately deciding on Illinois.
Technology company Coyote Logistics also announced plans to add 500 jobs at its Chicago headquarters.
Illinois’ extensive transportation network is said to have drawn both Amazon and Cronus to the Land of Lincoln.