The Village of Glenwillow will be home next month to a $20 million Amazon distribution center, bringing in nearly 300 new jobs and occupying the largest available site left in the Diamond Business Park off of Pettibone Road.
“We are excited to have them as part of our corporate community and look forward to working with them in their time here,” Glenwillow Mayor Mark Cegelka said Monday.
Mayor Cegelka said the village worked with the Westminster Group of Chicago as well as a commercial real estate developer beginning about two years ago to put a 434,000-square-foot building together.
“Once the shell was complete, they began looking for tenants to occupy that,” he explained.
While Westminster was in a non-disclosure agreement as to the tenant, the village had to go through the planning and architectural review for the site, Mayor Cegelka continued.
“They started building out the interior of the building for the specific needs of their distribution center,” Mayor Cegelka said of Amazon.
The distribution center will occupy the largest available site in the Diamond Business Park, which was developed about 12 years ago and is home to Superior Beverage, a division of Swagelok, the Mantua Manufacturing and GED companies, among other businesses.
It is one of the business parks owned and developed by Geis Cos., which partnered with the village on these development projects throughout the years.
The village also has another business park, Emerald Valley, off of Cochran Road, which is owned by Premiere and First Industrial real estate developers.
Amazon’s estimated date to become operational is around the end of August, the mayor said.
They have informed the village there would be a minimum of 300 new jobs, which are a combination of full and part time positions.
Glenwillow entered into Community Reinvestment Area with Westminster, which is a tax abatement agreement. They awarded them a 49-percent tax abatement for 15 years on the construction of the building.
Part of that arrangement also included a $100,000 donation to the Solon City School District as part of the village’s economic development package, the mayor added.