Amazon to Open Robotics Innovation Hub in MA

Marco Green
November 8, 2019

Amazon announced a plan today to build a $40 million, 350,000-square-foot robotics innovation hub in Westborough, Mass. Amazon will invest over $40mn in the new site to allow Amazon Robotics to continue to accelerate growth in its engineering, manufacturing, support and test teams in the state.

The e-commerce giants, Amazon, has confirmed plans to develop a new state-of-the-art Amazon Robotics innovation hub. The company said it has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in MA, and has invested more than $3 billion in the state since 2011.

Through its Upskilling 2025 initiative, Amazon has committed $700 million to programs aimed at providing its employees with the skills they need for new, in-demand jobs, from paid cloud computing apprenticeships to its Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. "Massachusetts is home to a nation-leading innovation economy with a highly educated and skilled workforce, and we are proud of the life-changing research and high quality of life that attracts leading companies to invest and grow here", commented Governor Charlie Baker. "The investment of this global company in our community demonstrates the ability of the regional economy and its workforce to attract innovation and technology".

Tye Brady is Amazon Robotics' main technologist.

Amazon created Amazon Robotics as a result of its 2012 acquisition of Kiva Systems, which was founded in 2003.

MA has been the center for Amazon's robotics research since the company acquired North Reading-based Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012. Earlier this year, Amazon acquired Boulder, Colo. -based Canvas Technology, which was developing autonomous carts.

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