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Amazon to open fulfillment center in Romeoville

Company may have more than 4,000 workers in Will County by end of year

Construction crews work in August to refurbish an existing warehouse along Laraway Road in preparation for one of two Amazon fulfillment centers in Joliet. The company announced Tuesday it will also open a center in Romeoville.
Construction crews work in August to refurbish an existing warehouse along Laraway Road in preparation for one of two Amazon fulfillment centers in Joliet. The company announced Tuesday it will also open a center in Romeoville.

ROMEOVILLE – Amazon announced Tuesday it will open a third fulfillment center in Will County.

The company is expected to open its newest center in Romeoville this fall, hiring about 600 people.

The Seattle-based ecommerce company is growing rapidly in Will County, where it will employ more than 4,000 workers by the end of this year.

Amazon.com opened a Joliet fulfillment center in October 2015 and is adding a second facility next to that one, which is to to open this fall.

"They've already made a major impact in our region. We're excited to have them in our community as well," Romeoville Mayor John Noak said.

Amazon will use an existing 750,000-square-foot building that at one time was a Montgomery Ward distribution center, Noak said. The building is in the Windham Lakes Business Park near Interstate 55 and Weber Road.

"The estimate they've given us is that they'll maintain a regular employment level of 600," he said.

Amazon did not included an employment count in a news release issued Tuesday but indicated it would be hundreds.

"Expanding our footprint in Illinois brings hundreds and hundreds of full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one to the state, Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon's North American Operations, said in the news release.

Amazon said it is now hiring for the Romeoville fulfillment center. Information about jobs can be found at www.amazon.com/mdwjobs.

The company in the news release said the Romeoville facility will be used to "pick, pack and ship large items to customers such as big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks, for example."

The Joliet operations are used for smaller items, including books and small electronics.

"They're all going to do different things," said John Greuling, president and CEO for the Will County Center for Economic Development. "You can pretty much guarantee each one will have its own niche serving a different purpose in the Amazon supply chain."

Amazon announced in early June that it was opening a second facility in Joliet where it will hire 2,000 workers.

The company in March announced that it was adding 500 employees to its first Joliet operation, which had opened five months earlier with 1,000 workers.

Both Joliet buildings are on Emerald Drive in the Laraway Crossings Business Park, which is located off of Illinois 53 near Interstate 80. The Joliet facility was Amazon's first operation in Illinois.

"They will be using a lot of technology as well as a lot of people," Greuling said. "This is pretty exciting for Will County."

Noak said the big presence of Amazon in Will County may attract the attention of similar companies.

"As far as growth," he said, "maybe this continues to attract ecommerce companies to our area."

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