Amazon buys Pinnacle, saving 1,416 jobs at Chicago Rockford Airport


29 January 2020 - 19:00
AMAZON.COM is taking over Pinnacle Logistics air cargo operations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rockford, Illinois, where it likely will offer jobs to soon to be laid off Pinnacle employees, reports American Shipper.

The Rockford layoffs of 1,416 workers were scheduled for mid-May when Amazon assumes Fort Worth, Texas-based Pinnacle's operations at Chicago Rockford International Airport, according to the Rockford Register Star.

Amazon has offered the affected hourly Pinnacle workers jobs with Prime Air, the e-commerce retailer's aviation arm, the newspaper said.

'Amazon has been an active member of the greater Chicago-area business community for several years, and we are excited to grow our direct employee base in the area to now include our Rockford Air Gateway,' Amazon spokeswoman Rena Lunak told the Register Star.

Amazon last week made a similar move involving the Pinnacle Logistics operation in the cargo operations at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as it builds its own domestic air freight shipping network.

The Baltimore Business Journal and Business Insider reported that Pinnacle filed notice with the State of Maryland that it would lay off 1,609 workers at BWI. Those layoffs take effect April 14.

Amazon termed the action in Baltimore as a transition. It said all of Pinnacle's ground crew, ramp crew and other hourly workers have been offered their existing roles with Amazon as their employer.

Amazon opened a US$36 million, 200,000-square foot regional hub for its Prime Air operations in Baltimore last year, according to Business Insider, which first reported the BWI story.

'It became clear to us, based on what we've seen at other airports where Amazon and Pinnacle operate, that at some point in time Amazon would take over the operations and services that Pinnacle has been providing.' said Rockford Airport director Mike Dunn.

Rockford International Airport (RFD) was the world's fastest-growing cargo airport in 2018 for facilities that handled more than 250 tonnes of air cargo, according to a September 2019 report from Airports Council International.

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