Amazon expands robotic fulfilment centres in Ohio


Amazon announced plans to expand in Ohio, opening two new robotic fulfilment centres, one in Akron and the other in Rossford, creating more than 2,500 full-time jobs working alongside Amazon robotics.

Each fulfilment centre is more than 65,000 sq m and will be used to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. These projects are being developed in partnership with Seefried Industrial Properties, Duke Realty, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, and the Wood County Port Authority.

All associates will go through hours of safety training and ongoing coaching and will have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon’s upskilling programs such as Career Choice. Amazon has pledged to invest over $700m to provide upskilling training for 100,000 US employees for in demand jobs.

Since 2010, Amazon has also invested more than $5bn in the state through its customer fulfilment and cloud infrastructure, and compensation to its employees.

Mike DeWine, Ohio Governor said: “Amazon continues to demonstrate confidence in the great workforce and e-commerce business climate we have in Ohio. I’m pleased to welcome two additional investments from Amazon”.

Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of global customer fulfilment added: “Ohio has been a great place to do business, serve customers and create jobs; as a result, we are thrilled to develop two state-of-the-art fulfilment centres in Akron and Rossford. We’re excited to grow our team in the Buckeye state, which now includes more than 8,500 Amazonians, and be part of the larger Ohio community.”

Source: Amazon