Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced Thursday the opening of a new “first-of-its-kind” robotics manufacturing facility in Westborough, Massachusetts, which is expected to expand Amazon Robotics’ manufacturing capability in the U.S.
Amazon said the new facility has created 200 new manufacturing jobs.
“We care about the communities where we operate. This is why we are proud to expand high-tech robotics manufacturing in the U.S. and in Massachusetts specifically with the opening of this new facility,” said Vice President of Amazon Robotics Joe Quinlivan. “As a company we have created more than 20,000 jobs in Massachusetts since 2010 in communities from Boston to Westborough and beyond. This latest addition to Amazon’s presence in the Commonwealth brings great jobs, from hourly manufacturing roles to engineers and developers working on advancements in robotics, to help our facilities run safely and meet our customers’ needs.”
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Amazon began introducing robotics into its facilities in 2012 and has since added over a million new jobs worldwide, the company said.
With this new Massachusetts site, the company said Amazon Robotics will continue to grow its engineering, manufacturing, support, and test teams in the state.
The 350,000-square-foot facility will feature corporate offices, research and development labs, and manufacturing space—in addition to Amazon Robotics’ current site in North Reading, Massachusetts.
“The opening of this robotics manufacturing facility and the new jobs it provides demonstrate the strength of our regional economy and our workforce,” said Kristi Williams, Westborough’s town manager. “We look forward to a strong partnership with Amazon Robotics.”
Along with the opening of the new robotics facility in Westborough, Amazon said it is hiring 1,500 new full and part-time operations jobs across its sites in Massachusetts.