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Amazon to open 2nd Joliet warehouse, hire 2,000

Amazon plans to open a new sorting center in Crest Hill. | AP file photo

Amazon plans to open a second warehouse in Joliet that will employ about 2,000 full-time workers.

The online retail giant already employs about 1,500 workers at its existing Joliet warehouse.

Workers at the new 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship books, toys and electronics, the company said Wednesday.

“We have found an abundance of talent in Joliet, and we are excited to bring a new fulfillment center to the city,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “This community and the elected officials throughout the city and state have been very supportive of Amazon, and we thank them for helping make this possible.”