Amazon has relied heavily on robots in all of its operations and is now getting ready to expand its operations even further with a new robotics facility.
The new center, located in Westborough, Massachusetts, expands Amazon Robotics’ manufacturing capability in the United States and their overall growth in the region. The company has created more than 200 new manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts alone. Since Amazon began introducing robotics into its facilities in 2012, they have added over a million new jobs worldwide.
This 350,000 square-foot facility will have corporate offices, research and development labs, and a manufacturing space like at Amazon Robotics’ current site in North Reading, Massachusetts. Employees from Amazon’s engineering, manufacturing, support, and test teams will work at the Westborough site, with plans to hire an additional 1,500 new full and part-time operations jobs across both its sites in Massachusetts. These jobs include stowing, picking, packing, and sorting customer orders, in addition to roles in management, IT, HR, safety, and security.
The primary focus of the Westborough facility will be to produce Amazon Robotics mobile drive units. With over 350,000 drive units across its facilities worldwide, these drive units and other robotic technologies work closely with employees to help fulfill customer orders.
“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 Joe Quinlivan, VP of Amazon Robotics. “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.”