Amazon is opening its first robotics fulfillment center in the state of Louisiana.
Employees at the e-tail giant’s new 650,000-sq.-ft. operations facility in Shreveport will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items such as books, toys, electronics and other household items. According to Amazon, the center will create over 1,000 new, full-time jobs in the area.
From 2010-2019, Amazon says it has invested more than $250 million in Louisiana, including infrastructure and compensation to employees in the state, contributing an additional $220 million into the state’s economy over that same period.
Using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments have created an additional 750+ indirect jobs on top of the company's current 2,000+ full- and part-time direct hires. There are more than 14,500 independent authors and small and medium-sized businesses in Louisiana working with Amazon.
“Amazon may be a global business, but it’s made up of small businesses and communities. From the local jobs we bring, to the local people we employ, train, and upskill, our business is made up of people from communities like Shreveport,” said William Hicks, regional director of operations at Amazon. “We’re thrilled to be able to expand our operations in Northwest Louisiana and we look forward to becoming part of the fabric of the local community.”