Kmart Corporation has announced it will close its 1.5-million-square-foot distribution center in Manteno. Employees have been notified layoffs will begin in March. A press release indicated 130 jobs will be eliminated.The final day of operation is listed as March 27.
Once a distribution mecca with Sears and Kmart building massive complexes, the announcement leaves the village in northern Kankakee County with a large hole to fill.
Kmart is the owner of the distribution center. The Manteno site occupies 160 acres. The location has been a huge distribution center for Sears and Kmart. The center on Spruce Street in Manteno opened in 1993. It served as a major distribtion facility for Kmart stores throughout the Midwest, employing hundreds of workers.