Amazon.com Inc. will open a fulfillment center on Staten Island and bring 2,250 full-time jobs to the area, as the e-commerce giant works to speed up delivery times in one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas and throughout New York state.
The Staten Island facility, expected to open next year, would be Amazon’s first fulfillment center in New York, the company said Wednesday. Employees at the 855,000-square-foot facility—nearly the size of 15 football fields—would work alongside robots to find and ship products, including household staples, books and toys, the company said in a news release.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration helped broker the deal through the Empire State Development, an agency aimed at helping grow the state’s economy.
The Seattle-based company was awarded $18 million in tax incentives, but won’t see the money until after it has created the 2,250 jobs over a five-year period, New York state officials said.
Amazon, which said it would invest $100 million in the Staten Island operation, also has committed to keeping 886 jobs elsewhere in New York under the agreement, which include offices, smaller facilities dedicated to its Prime Now same-day delivery service and a warehouse for sorting packages in Buffalo, state officials said. Read more at WSJ.