ROCKFORD (WREX) — Pinnacle Logistics at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is being taken over by online retail giant Amazon.
Amazon says the hourly employees at Pinnacle Logistics have been offered roles as Amazon associates at their current location.
Amazon did not say if everyone's job will transfer or if it's hiring any other positions. 13 News reached out for clarification on this, but have not heard back at this time.
Here's Amazon's full statement:
"Amazon has been an active member of the greater Chicago area business community for several years, and are excited to grow our direct employee base in the area to now include our Rockford Air Gateway."
13 News reached out to City of Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara for comment on the transition and was given the following statement:
"I am aware and it was anticipated that Pinnacle’s operations at RFD would be transitioning. Per Federal law, Pinnacle has notified me that Amazon will be taking over the operations and there will be a change in employment status for Pinnacle staff. Per my direct communication with Amazon representatives, I am confident that employees of Pinnacle will have the first opportunity to transition to Amazon for employment with benefits starting on day one. I am excited about Amazon’s continued investment and their operations at RFD which continue to expand.”
In Dec. of 2018, Amazon announced plans for expansion at the Rockford, which included plans two separate expansion plans.
The first plan called for an additional 120,000 square feet in building space, which cost $11 million. The second plan called for a revamped parking area, which allowed Amazon to store a total of eight aircraft. The parking plan cost $10 million.
In May of 2019, it was announced Pinnacle and the airport were adding 500 jobs, which included entry-level positions, leads, supervisors and managers on duty, as well as dockworkers, forklift drivers and ramp and cargo warehouse handling agents.
Later in 2019, the airport was named the fastest growing cargo airport in the world by the Airports Council International (ACI) for 2018. ACI noted that RFD has positioned itself as an e-commerce freight hub for Amazon and that the airport’s traffic grew 56.6 percent in 2018.
Amazon did not say when the switch will happen, but several employees told 13 News it will be complete by May 2020.
13 News reached out to Pinnacle Logistics for a statement, but it declined to comment at this time.