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Amazon to hold grand opening in Edwardsville

Amazon, the e-commerce company, operates two warehouses in Edwardsville.
Amazon, the e-commerce company, operates two warehouses in Edwardsville.

Two Amazon fulfillment centers in Madison County are now fully operational, and company officials are holding a grand opening ceremony and tour for media members Aug. 24.

The warehouses are located at the Gateway and Lakeview commerce centers, which are just west of Interstate 255, north of Interstate 270 and straddle Illinois 111. They were constructed more than a year ago and were projected to be operational by September 2016.

The centers span more than 700,000 square feet each and employ approximately 1,000 people who pick, pack and ship items for Amazon customers.

In May, it was announced that the internet retailer planned to hire an additional 2,000 people in Illinois over the course of a year.

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