Amazon Opens New Robotics Facility in Pontiac, Expands in Michigan

Amazon.com Inc. today announced plans to launch its first mid-Michigan fulfillment center, and three additional operations facilities that will support customers in metro Detroit and the Grand Rapids area.
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A man works on a laptop at an amazon fulfillment center
Amazon announced it plans to open its first mid-Michigan fulfillment center along with three other facilities in the state. // Courtesy of Amazon

Amazon.com Inc. today announced plans to launch its first mid-Michigan fulfillment center, and three additional operations facilities that will support customers in metro Detroit and the Grand Rapids area.

The announcement comes as the company celebrates the official opening of three new facilities in Michigan, including Amazon’s Pontiac robotics fulfillment center.Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $6 billion in Michigan and created more than 21,000 jobs statewide. The company plans to add more than 1,500 jobs by the end of 2021 inside its recently launched facilities.

The fulfillment and transportation jobs pay an average starting wage of $17 per hour, provide comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, up to 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave, and more.

“We’re excited to expand our investment throughout the state of Michigan with the addition of these new facilities,” says Alicia Boler Davis, senior vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon. “This expansion not only allows us to better serve our customers across the state, but also enables us to boost the local economy and drive more opportunities for job creation. We’re proud to have created more than 21,000 jobs so far, and look forward to our continued growth in Michigan.”

The new facilities include:

The Pontiac Robotics Fulfillment Center opened its Pontiac robotics fulfillment center today on the site of the former Pontiac Silverdome. The new state-of-the-art facility spans 823,000 square feet at M-59 and Opdyke Road and will employ more than 1,200 associates. Employees will pick, pack, and ship customer orders such as books, laptops, and beauty products.

Huron Charter Township XL Fulfillment Center: Amazon’s new Huron Charter Township “XL” Non-Sortable Fulfillment Center is now open for business. The facility is designed to receive, store, and package heavy or bulky items like televisions with 50-inch screens. The 750,000-square-foot facility near Romulus will employ more than 100 associates.

Walker Delivery Station: Delivery to southwest Michigan customers will come from a new 112,000-square-foot station that employs more than 100 associates. In addition, the new delivery station includes six small businesses via Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner Program, creating hundreds of full-time driver jobs. For independent contractors who want the flexibility to be their own boss and make their own schedule, there are also driver opportunities for Amazon Flex participants.

Future facilities include:

New Metro Detroit Delivery Station: In 2022, Amazon plans to launch its sixth metro Detroit delivery station. The site in Canton Township will employ more than 100 employees and create indirect job opportunities for hundreds of people through the empowerment of the Delivery Service Partner program.

First Mid-Michigan Fulfillment Center: In 2022, Amazon will open its eighth Michigan fulfillment center. The facility in Delta Charter Township near Lansing will create more than 500 new, full-time jobs. When completed, the fulfillment center will encompass more than 1 million square feet, allowing Amazon employees to pick, pack, and ship larger items to customers, such as bulk paper goods, sports equipment, patio furniture, and larger home goods and electronics. The facility will also house innovative technologies and energy-efficient, zero-emission power industrialized truck (PIT) equipment.

New West Michigan Sort Center and Delivery Station: New Amazon operations will also be coming to the Grand Rapids area. A new sort center and a delivery station are planned to open in 2022 and 2023, respectively, in Gaines Township. Together, the sites will employ hundreds of people while powering Amazon’s middle mile and last mile delivery capabilities, increasing delivery efficiency for customers in Southwest Michigan.

Positions are available at all new operations facilities. Interested candidates can visit www.amazon.com/detroitjobs or www.amazon.com/grandrapidsjobs to learn more.

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