Amazon.com looks to bring 1,100 jobs to Kenosha
KENOSHA - One of the world's best known companies wants to bring lots of jobs to Kenosha.
City leaders have confirmed Internet giant Amazon is seeking to build a massive distribution center East of I-94 and 38th Street.
"It's a project we haven't seen in Kenosha in a long time with the economic downturn," said Alderman Dan Prozanski.
Prozanski said the company plans on creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs. He said the average starting pay will be around $13 per hour.
Businesses around the location of the new project say they're thrilled. Places like Mars Cheese Castle directly across I-94 from where Amazon will build expects new customers.
"We are very excited to have them coming in." Said Mars Manager Tyson Wehrmeister. The cheese store expanded with a new building in 2011 and say more expansion is possible with more than 1,000 new Amazon employees working a couple blocks away.
Amazon will invest around $250 million dollars. The sprawling facility will be around 1.5 million square feet. That's slightly larger than the footprint of Miller Park.
He said the Seattle-based company wants to move very quickly. They intend on having the facility up and running by the Fall of 2014.
Kenosha's city council will discuss tax incentives for the company Monday night.