The Government of Delaware and e-commerce retailer Amazon have announced plans to launch an advanced fulfilment centre in Wilmington, US.

For the new facility, Amazon will lease a built-to-suit building developed by Dermody Properties. The building was closed in 2009 and demolished in 2019.

The 820,000ft2 fulfilment centre is expected to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs including positions such as human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology.

Works at the centre will include picking, packing and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics, small household goods and toys.

The site will see the deployment of Amazon robotics technology.

Delaware Governor John Carney said: “Amazon already employs more than 2,500 Delawareans, and we welcome additional investment that will result in more jobs for Delaware families — especially at vacant industrial sites that are ideal for redevelopment.

“Delaware has a world-class workforce, a central location and a quality of life that is second to none. For those reasons and more, Delaware is a great place for businesses of all sizes to grow and create jobs.”

Amazon, which launched the first fulfilment centre in New Castle in 1997, now has more than 110 fulfilment centres in North America and 185 globally.

Amazon robotics fulfilment centres North America director Ryan Smith said: “The First State was home to Amazon’s first fulfilment centre 23 years ago.

“I’m proud to see the continued growth and investment in Delaware with our newest fulfilment centre in Wilmington. We look forward to creating 1,000 new, full-time jobs with industry-leading pay and benefits, starting on day one, in a safe, innovative and quality work environment.

Last November, Amazon revealed plans to set up a new fulfilment centre in DeSoto county, Mississippi.

When operational, the facility will generate full-time jobs for up to 500 staff members, with a minimum wage of $15 an hour.