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Amazon to open first fulfillment center in Illinois, employ 1,000

Staff writer |, will open open a nearly 500,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Joliet, Ill. The site, which will create 1,000 full-time jobs when it opens, is the company’s first in the state.

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“We are excited to create 1,000 great full-time jobs in Illinois with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on Day One,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations.

"We are thrilled that Amazon has chosen Joliet as the location for its new Illinois fulfillment center,” said City of Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk.

Amazon employees at the fulfillment center will process smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

“The company is the leader in logistics innovation and technology," said John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development.

In addition to competitive wages, Amazon offers comprehensive benefits starting on Day One that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, stock, bonuses and a network of support to help ensure employees succeed.

Hourly employees are also eligible for innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

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