Amazon opens robotics manufacturing facility in the US

Amazon has opened a first of its kind robotics manufacturing facility in Westborough, Massachusetts. 

The new facility will expand Amazon robotics manufacturing capability in the US and create more than 200 new jobs in the local area.

The primary focus of the facility will be the manufacturing of Amazon robotics mobile drive units, according to the online retailer.

These drive units work alongside employees to fulfil customer orders. 

The 350,000sq.ft centre will feature corporate offices, research and development labs alongside  manufacturing space.

The ecommerce giant first introduced robotics in 2012 and has since added over one million jobs worldwide, while deploying over 350,000 drive units across its facilities.  

Earlier this week, Amazon also announced it will hire 150,000 seasonal workers across the US, including 1500 in Massachusetts.

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“We care about the communities where we operate,” Amazon robotics vice president Joe Quinlivan said. 

“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. 

“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.”

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito added: “Massachusetts offers a highly talented workforce, and this Amazon facility opening further cements our state’s reputation as a key centre for robotics development,” 

“The opening of this new state of the art robotics facility creates new jobs for individuals across a wide range of skills and backgrounds in addition to the 1500 new seasonal jobs Amazon has created in the Commonwealth as the company continues its investment in the state’s economic growth and development.

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