CHANNAHON, Ill. (AP) — Amazon has announced plans to open a fulfillment center in northern Illinois, creating more than 500 new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits.

The online retailer said Friday the more than 1 million-square-foot (90,000-square-meter) fulfillment center in Channahon, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, will pack and ship large customer items such as sports equipment, patio furniture, kayaks, bicycles, and larger household goods.

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Amazon said it currently employs more than 11,000 full-time workers throughout Illinois.

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Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment, says the company since 2010 has invested more than $4 billion in Illinois through its local fulfillment center and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and employee compensation.

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