MARION – Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and Readerlink announced its new distribution center in Marion Friday 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.
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. ReaderLink serves more than 680 retailers with a combined 70,000 individual storefronts. ReaderLink’s partners include mass merchants, warehouse clubs, grocery stores, convenience stores, and the armed forces.