Monday, February 10, 2014

Amazon Warehouse in Kenosha

When Amazon announced it’s 1.5 million square feet warehouse in Kenosha, I asked myself, why Kenosha? Location seemed to be the obvious reason. It is 60+ miles north of Chicago and 40+ miles south of Milwaukee and 100+ miles of Madison. Covering 3 populous cities in this area. Today’s New Yorker brings another additional answer to that question. Low wages.

Amazon employs or subcontracts tens of thousands of warehouse workers, with seasonal variation, often building its fulfillment centers in areas with high unemployment and low wages. –New Yorker

Kenosha is hit with high unemployment rate and poverty for a while. This would serve Amazon well, finding people easily  for lower wages. 1500+ jobs are good for Kenosha and it’s residents as well.