Amazon is opening a fulfillment center in Staten Island, N.Y., bringing more than 2,250 new jobs and potentially speedier delivery times for New Yorkers.
The 855,000-square-foot logistics hub will feature the latest robotics to assist employees in fulfilling orders.
“Amazon’s decision to establish the first state-of-the-art fulfillment center in New York affirms our position at the forefront of the growing global innovation economy, and this investment will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for the Staten Island community,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release. “New York continues to demonstrate that we have the workforce, technology, and the pro-business climate to help companies grow and succeed.”
Amazon employees will work alongside the Amazon Robotics system to pick, pack, and ship customer items.
Amazon has approximately 80 fulfillment centers worldwide, but is adding 21 new facilities in the United States alone, which will employ more than 25,000 people. The Staten Island fulfillment center is the first in New York. Amazon will open similar centers in Sacramento, Calif., Kansas City, Kan., North Randall, Ohio, and other cities.
“We’ve been talking about the West Shore of Staten Island as our borough’s ‘Jobs Coast,’ and today that talk becomes reality in a big way,” Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo said. “In fact, this project will be the biggest single job creator in our borough’s history.”