Amazon to open two new robotics fulfillment centers

The new fulfillment centers in Akron and Rossford will total more than 1.4 million-square-feet

Amazon to open two new robotics fulfillment centers. Source: shutterstock.com

Amazon announced plans to open two new Ohio fulfillment centers, one in Akron and the other in Rossford, creating nearly 2,500 full-time jobs.

Each fulfillment center is more than 700,000 square feet and will be used to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics, and toys. The company says all associates will go through hours of safety training and ongoing coaching and will have access to continuing education opportunities through its upskilling programs such as Career Choice in which the company will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.

Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $5 billion in Ohio through its customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, and compensation to its employees. Using methodology developed by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in the state have created an additional 19,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires.

Amazon’s fulfillment network supports millions of businesses of all sizes worldwide through its Fulfillment By Amazon offering, and many of those local organizations are based in Ohio. There are more than 55,000 authors, small and medium-sized businesses, and developers in Ohio growing their companies and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.

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