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Amazon warehouse opens for business in Republic, Missouri

(AP) — Hundreds of workers are now clocking in at Amazon’s newest distribution warehouse in southwestern Missouri. 

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the 1.3 million square-foot fulfillment center opened for business Monday in Republic. 

According to Amazon, the facility in Republic employs more than 200 people with a starting salary of $15.50 an hour. 

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer and already operates more than 110 fulfillment centers across North America. 

Amazon says in a release that the warehouse in Republic packs and ships big items like patio furniture, outdoor equipment and rugs.

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