Amazon today announced plans to build a $40 million Amazon Robotics innovation hub in Westborough, Mass., creating 200 technology and advanced manufacturing jobs. The 350,000-square-foot complex, scheduled to open in 2021, will be Amazon's second robotics development and manufacturing center in the Commonwealth. He says the new hub will be a place where robots are designed, built, programmed and shipped.
Since 2011, Amazon says it has invested over $3 billion in MA, including customer fulfillment infrastructure and research facilities and employee compensation.
"This expansion will allow us to continue to innovate quickly and improve delivery speed for customers around the world", Tye Brady, Amazon Robotics' Chief Technologist, said in a statement.
In addition, the Amazon Future Engineer program, a childhood-to-career computer science program for young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities, funds computer science classes in more than 40 high schools across MA.
"Industry leaders like Amazon continue to grow and expand in regional innovation economies like Westborough and across the MetroWest region, and we applaud their continued investment in robotics", said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "The investment of this global company in our community demonstrates the ability of the regional economy and its workforce to attract innovation and technology". Amazon wanted to buy the company because it manufactures robotic fulfillment systems, which would bolster the company's supply chain.
Amazon created Amazon Robotics as a result of its 2012 acquisition of Kiva Systems, which was founded in 2003.
MA has been the middle for Amazon's robotics research given that the business acquired North Reading through-dependent Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012.