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Amazon Is Bringing More Than 1,000 Jobs To Aurora


Online retailer Amazon.com said Tuesday it plans to open two new fulfillment centers, employing more than 1,000 people full-time between them, in Aurora, Ill. 

Officials say one of the new facilities will focus on smaller items, such as books and small electronics, and the other will handle large items like big-screen TVs. 

The company currently has Illinois fulfillment centers operating in Joliet, Romeoville and Edwardsville, with another center under construction in Monee.

Amazon now has announced eight fulfillment centers in Illinois in the last two years. The company says that, when all are completed, the centers will have created a total of more than 7,000 full-time jobs.

Amazon will get a yet-to-be determined amount of state tax credits through the EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) program, and Aurora will give the company a $400,000 tax abatement on the two new facilities.

Also taking part in announcing the Aurora project were officials with Intersect Illinois, the state's economic development corporation, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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