The e-commerce giant Amazon announced its plan on building a new robotics innovation hub in Westborough, Mass, costing $40 million investment.
The new robotics innovation hub, which was a 350,000 square foot will bring 200 technology and advanced manufacturing jobs in 2021. The new hub offers corporate offices, research and development labs and a robotics manufacturing space.
Amazon claims that it has created over 4,000 full-time jobs in Massachusetts in the year 2011 and has invested over $3 billion in the state.
“We’re excited to grow our teams in Massachusetts and take advantage of the talent and regional connectivity that MetroWest offers,” said Tye Brady, Chief Technologist at Amazon Robotics. “This will be a world-class facility, where our teams can design, build, program, and ship our robots, all under the same roof. This expansion will allow us to continue to innovate quickly and improve the delivery speed for customers around the world,” he added.
Massachusetts has been the center for Amazon’s robotics research since 2012,” Brady stated.
“Massachusetts is a home to a nation-leading innovation economy with a highly educated and skilled workers, and we are proud of the life-changing research and high quality of life that attracts leading companies to invest and grow here,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “We are pleased that Amazon plans to create their substantial presence with a state-of-the-art robotics facility, creating 200 new jobs and employing over 4,000 skilled workers throughout the Commonwealth furthering its continued investment in the state’s economic growth and development,” the Governor added.
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito also commented on the expansion saying, “Industry 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.”
“We are grateful for this increased commitment to STEM careers and education, and are excited about the opportunities afforded by end-to-end capabilities, including design and advanced manufacturing, all in one site,” Lt, Governor Polito added.
“We are going to completely re-do that site. I can guarantee it’s going to be a world-class, state-of-art facility,” said Brady. The hub was expected to open in 2021. “We’re doubling down on our manufacturing capability,” Brady said.
Meanwhile, Kristi Williams, Town Manager of Westborough welcomed Amazon saying, “We are thrilled to welcome Amazon Robotics Division to Westborough! The investment of this international company in our community demonstrates the ability of the regional economy and its workforce to attract innovation and technology.”