- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Amazon.com says it will open two facilities in Edwardsville that will have 1,000 full-time jobs.

The southern Illinois fulfillment centers will be 700,000-square-feet each. 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 like televisions and sports equipment. The other building will have smaller items like books and toys.

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton says 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.

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