Amazon announces plans for 1,000 warehouse jobs in Joliet

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A photo taken on April 11, 2015 in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, shows a site of the Amazon electronic commerce company. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

JOLIET, Ill. — The Seattle-based online retailing giant Amazon.com has announced plans for a warehouse in Joliet that will create 1,000 full-time jobs when it opens.

Amazon made the announcement Monday. The company plans a nearly 500,000-square-foot fulfillment center where workers will process items such as books and electronics.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk says in a joint news release with the company that city officials are excited about prospect of what he calls “quality jobs for a diverse community” in the region.

Will County Center for Economic Development CEO John Greuling says his group looks forward to “a long successful partnership” with Amazon.

Amazon’s employment website says its warehouse workers must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and must be able to lift up to 49 pounds.

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