Amazon plans second robotics fulfillment center in Louisiana

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Rendering of Amazon Fulfillment Center in Baton Rouge

Amazon will bring a new operations facility to Baton Rouge.

In the new 820,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center, Amazon employees will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items such as books, toys, electronics and other household items. Amazon recently announced it would open a robotics fulfillment center in Shreveport, La.  

The e-tail giant expects the new operations facility in Baton Rouge will create over 1,000 new, full-time jobs.  

Amazon is committed to the long-term development of its employees. The company’s employees have access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where Amazon will 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, more than 25,000 employees across the globe have pursued degrees in a range of fields, including game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.

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-plus indirect jobs on top of the company's current 2,000-plus 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.

“We’re a global business with local roots set firmly in the communities in which we live, work, and play. From the local jobs we bring, to the local people we employ, train, and upskill—our business is made up of people from the communities like Baton Rouge,” said Bri Tye, regional director of operations at Amazon. “We’re excited to be growing our operations in the heart of Louisiana and want to thank the local community and all of the state and local leaders for their support in making this project possible.”