Amazon warehouse set to open in Joliet will create 1,000 jobs

- Soon your Amazon order could be on your doorstep even faster, all thanks to a new distribution site set to open in Joliet.

This will be the first warehouse for Amazon in Illinois, and it will create 1,000 jobs. 

The warehouse is set to open south of Joliet near Route 53 and Laraway road. The 500,000 square foot facility will process items like books and electronics. 

Those that live around the area say they need the jobs, but not the traffic.

"Ridiculous, ridiculous you can spend hours on that road just inching up," said local resident Antwoin Calvert. 

It's bittersweet that locals have to deal with the traffic, thanks in large part because of much needed economic development.

"It's the center of the country, the center of the state of Illinois, it's near Chicago, and I think the access to the major roads are making a difference," said Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk. 

O'Dekirk said Ikea also recently announced they are also setting up shop and will hire several hundred workers. 

Local resident Cynthia Williams said to bring on the jobs!

"A lot of people are settling for factory jobs because there's nothing else," said Williams. 

"We've kind of leaned on these companies coming in that we want good paying jobs, living wage jobs, not just simply part time jobs or warehousing jobs," said the mayor. 

"It's pretty good for people who are looking for jobs, but for us living around this area, it's terrible with the traffic," said Darryus Prince, who drives a big rig himself. 

He said the Joliet job market is great, but he pays the price just at the end of his street.

The mayor said he's been working with the state and local officials to solve the infrastructure nightmare. 

"Hopefully we are going to build another bridge over the river with access to I-80 and add lanes to the expressway in the near future," said the mayor. 

There is no timeline yet for this facility. 

Workers must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be able to lift up to 49 pounds to be considered for employment.

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