In an effort to bring support operations closer to customers, Amazon has announced that it plans additional investment in the metro Detroit area with five new buildings.
Amazon plans to open a new 823,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Detroit, creating 1,200 new full-time jobs when it launches later this year. The new facility will be the fourth fulfillment center in Michigan using Amazon robotics to help associates pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers.
The other four sites across metropolitan Detroit include a same-day facility, XL fulfillment center and two sortation centers that will play critical roles in the fulfillment of large products and transporting packages between Amazon sites before last mile delivery for customers. Packages are shipped to sort centers from Amazon Air hubs, gateways and fulfillment centers. They then are sorted by zip code before moving to delivery stations or last-mile delivery partners for customer delivery.
Amazon said the company has created more than 13,500 jobs in Michigan since 2010 and invested more than $2.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to employees.
As Amazon grows in Detroit, the company noted, it will continue contributing to the local community, including by supporting food banks with monetary contributions and delivery services, funding computer science education for underserved and underrepresented students, and providing in-kind donations to meet immediate and basic needs. Most recently, Amazon donated $100,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Community District to help it enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and expand its resources. Beyond the donation, Amazon plans to support STEM programs with hands-on learning and mentorship opportunities in the coming year.
“We’re excited to be expanding our network to better serve our customers in the great city of Detroit,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vp/global customer fulfillment. “We are grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we broaden our footprint throughout Michigan. We look forward to bringing more than 2,000 good jobs to Metro Detroit and contributing positively to the community.”