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Readerlink officially announces new Marion facility

by WFCN News / Illinois News Wire | Photo: Readerlink
by WFCN News / Illinois News Wire | Photo: Readerlink

5/13/2022 | 12:52 p.m.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and Readerlink announced its new distribution center in Marion as part of Illinois Economic Development Week.

Readerlink is the largest full-service distributor of hardcover, trade and paperback books in North America. Supported by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the company is establishing a new distribution facility which will create 75 new jobs in the community.

“I’m proud to welcome Readerlink’s expansion in Southern Illinois, bringing 75 new permanent jobs and dozens more construction positions to the Marion community,” said Governor JB Pritzker.

As part of locating its facility in Marion, which is an economically disadvantaged area, Readerlink will be making a $3,331,000 investment. Additionally, the new facility is supported by a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). CDBG funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The state administered funds are earmarked exclusively for non-metropolitan areas that do not receive funding directly from HUD. 

ReaderLink is North America’s largest full-service book distributor. Every year, the company ships more than 325 million books and drives over $3 billion in sales for its partners.

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