Amazon will open robotics fulfillment centers in Akron and Rossford, OH.
AKRON, OH – E-commerce giant Amazon plans to open two new robotics fulfillment centers in Ohio that will create more than 2,500 full-time jobs and a total of 1.4 million square feet when they go live.
The two new fulfillment centers are being developed in Akron and Rossford and will each have a total area of around 700,000 square meters. The projects are being developed in partnership with Seefried Industrial Properties, Duke Realty, Summit County's Development Finance Authority and the Wood County Port Authority.
“Ohio was a great place to do business, serve customers, and create jobs. That's why we're excited to develop two state-of-the-art fulfillment centers in Akron and Rossford, ”said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment at Amazon. "We are excited to expand our team in Buckeye, which now includes more than 8,500 Amazonians, and to be part of the wider Ohio community."
"Amazon continues to demonstrate confidence in the great workforce and e-commerce climate in Ohio," said Mike DeWine, Ohio governor. "I'm excited about two additional investments from Amazon that will create thousands of new jobs in Ohio and state-of-the-art facilities in Akron and Rossford."
Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $ 5 billion in Ohio through customer fulfillment, cloud infrastructure, and employee compensation. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Amazon's investments in the state have created an additional 19,000 indirect jobs in addition to hiring the company directly.
In May Amazon opened its new fulfillment center in Phoenix.
In every fulfillment center, small items such as books, electronics and toys are picked, packed and shipped to customers. All employees will undergo safety training and ongoing coaching, and gain access to educational opportunities through Amazon's educational programs such as Career Choice, where the company will prepay up to 95% of tuition fees for courses related to areas in question, regardless of whether the skills for a career at Amazon are relevant. Since the program was launched, more than 25,000 employees have earned degrees in game design and visual communication, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.
Amazon has pledged to invest more than $ 700 million in training 100,000 U.S. employees for sought-after jobs. Programs provide Amazon employees of all backgrounds with access to training to take on high-quality roles in corporate offices, technology centers, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and the company's transportation network, or to pursue career paths outside of Amazon.