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Amazon to build 2 centers in Edwardsville, bring 1,000 jobs

EDWARDSVILLE – Amazon.com said it will open two facilities in Edwardsville that will have 1,000 full-time jobs.

The southern Illinois fulfillment centers will each be 700,000 square feet. Employees will pick out, pack and ship items for customers. The Seattle-based company made the announcement Thursday.

Amazon says one of the Edwardsville buildings will specialize in larger items such as televisions and sports equipment. The other building will have smaller items such as books and toys.

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton said the Amazon expansion is a “much-needed employment opportunity” for the region.

Amazon recently announced that it was opening a new facility in Joliet where it will hire 2,000 workers. The company already has a center in Joliet where it employs 1,500 full-time workers, and announced last week it will add a second fulfillment center there, adding 2,000 full-time jobs

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