New York – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that a new $100 million Amazon fulfillment center will open in the Global Logistics Park on the West Shore of Staten Island, creating 2,250 new, full-time jobs.
The 855,000 square-foot facility is Amazon’s first fulfillment center in New York and will offer opportunities for employees to engage with advanced robotics in a highly tech-enabled workplace.
“Amazon’s decision to establish the first state-of-the-art fulfillment center in New York affirms our position at the forefront of the growing global innovation economy, and this investment will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for the Staten Island community,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York continues to demonstrate that we have the workforce, the technology, and the pro-business climate to help companies grow and succeed.”
A fulfillment center is an advanced logistics operation that strategically moves products the fastest way possible. Amazon has a robust network of fulfillment centers around the world, and the Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 70 fulfillment centers.
Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Staten Island will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics.
In order to encourage Amazon’s expansion into New York State, Empire State Development offered the company up to $18 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. In addition to the 2,250 new jobs at the facility, Amazon will retain an additional 886 jobs in New York over the next five years.
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy.
The program pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon.