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Amazon Announces New Robotics Facility in the United States; Joe Quinlivan Discusses

Amazon Announces New Robotics Facility in the United States; Joe Quinlivan Discusses

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Never one to sit on its laurels, Amazon announced it will be continuing to expand its capabilities and capacities with a new facility. Recently, Amazon opened a new first-of-its-kind robotics manufacturing facility in Westborough, Massachusetts.

Joe Quinlivan, Vice President of Robotics, Amazon“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.”

As stated in the release, the new facility will expand Amazon Robotics manufacturing capability in the U.S., and Amazon’s growth in the region and has created over 200 new manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts.

In the U.S. overall, the company is investing a total of $1.2 billion to upskill more than 250,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs

Amazon began introducing robotics into its facilities in 2012 and has since added over a million new jobs worldwide. Earlier this week, Amazon announced it is hiring for 150,000 seasonal jobs, including 1,500 in Massachusetts. These jobs include stowing, picking, packing, and sorting customer orders, in addition to roles in management, IT, HR, safety, and security. All regular, full-time employees will have access to a starting wage that is more than double the federal minimum wage along with several other benefits.

Amazon recently announced a new first-of-its-kind robotics manufacturing facility in Westborough, Massachusetts

A primary focus in the facility will be the manufacturing of Amazon Robotics mobile drive units. Since 2012, the company has added over a million new jobs worldwide while deploying more than 350,000 drive units across its facilities. These drive units and other robotic technologies work closely with employees to help safely and reliably fulfill customer orders.

With this new site, Amazon Robotics will continue to grow its engineering, manufacturing, support, and test teams in Massachusetts. The facility stands at 350,000 square feet and will feature corporate offices, research and development labs, and manufacturing space in addition to Amazon Robotics’ current site in North Reading, Massachusetts. Together, these two facilities serve as an epicenter of the company’s robotics innovation.

To learn more about this new facility opening, click here.

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