SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Amazon on Monday announced its new investment in the U.S. metro Detroit area with five new buildings to support operations closer to customers.
The sites are expected to create more than 2,000 permanent full- and part-time jobs, the announcement said.
On one of the five new sites, Amazon plans to open a new 823,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Detroit, creating 1,200 new full-time jobs when it launches in 2021. The site will be the fourth fulfillment center in the state of Michigan using Amazon robotics to help associates pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers, according to the announcement.
"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 vice president of global customer fulfillment.
"We're thrilled that Amazon selected Detroit for what will be one of the largest fulfillment centers in Michigan," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. "Amazon has been a great partner and its most important delivery will be the 3,000 construction jobs, 1,200 permanent jobs and new small business opportunities this new facility will bring to our city."
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 13,500 jobs in Michigan and invested over 2.5 billion U.S. dollars across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.