Amazon Unveils Huge Warehouse, Part Of Plan It Expects Will Employ Thousands In Illinois

June 09, 2017
Amazon.com showed off a huge new warehouse in Romeoville on Thursday.

Amazon.com showed off a huge new warehouse in Romeoville on Thursday.

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Amazon unveiled a huge new warehouse it calls a fulfillment center in southwest suburban Romeoville Thursday, part of a string of the facilities that the company says could eventually employ thousands.

Amazon’s “fulfillment centers” are why you can order a new laundry hamper Monday night and have it delivered Tuesday morning.

Amazon has five fulfillment centers in Illinois now, with four more to open by the end of 2018, according to the company.

That has local politicians praising Amazon.

“Yesterday we declared Amazon.com day here in Romeoville," Romeoville Mayor John Noak said. "Let’s give a round of applause to everyone at Amazon.com.”

Amazon says it will employ more than 8,000 people in the state by the end of next year. The company is offering jobs in the area with pay listed at between $12 and $17 an hour.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio