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Romeoville Amazon holds grand opening

6/9/2017, 2:07 p.m.
A 750,000 square foot Amazon.com fulfillment center that opened in Romeoville in September 2016, held its official grand opening on ...
Romeoville Mayor John Noak hosts the grand opening of a new Amazon.com distribution facility in the village. Village of Romeoville

A 750,000 square foot Amazon.com fulfillment center that opened in Romeoville in September 2016, held its official grand opening on Thursday.

Romeoville Mayor John Noak, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and even Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner attended the event at the facility which employs over 1,000 people.

Noak proclaimed June 8, as Amazon.com Day in the village saying, “Amazon has had a tremendous impact on not only Romeoville, but the region as well.”

That regional impact includes a rapid expansion of fulfillment warehouse locations including 2 in Joliet.

The online e-commerce website announced the opening of its first Illinois distribution facility in Will County in August 2015. That first Joliet facility opened later that fall and was followed quickly by an expansion of the Laraway Road location.

In May 2016, Amazon announced that it was opening a second Joliet facility near the first on Laraway Road which would bring another 2,000 jobs to the county. Later on that summer Amazon announced that it would open facilities in Romeoville and another in Monee.

All told, Amazon will employ more than 8,000 in the State of Illinois according to press materials from the e-tailer which plans to open its Monee facility as a well as one in Aurora later this year.

In remarks he made before the grand opening this week, Noak noted the hundreds of jobs that have resulted from Amazon’s quick growth in Will County and the “competitive pay and great benefits” for employees. Full time employees also receive medical, dental and vision benefits, performance-based bonuses, 401(k) and company stock awards as soon they start. medical, dental and vision insurance, performance-based bonuses, 401(k) and company stock awards as well as paid family leave and tuition reimbursement.

Joliet Township High School’s Cyborgs robotics club gave a demonstration before the start of the ceremony on Thursday. Amazon recently presented the team with a $5,000 donation to fund their trip to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis.