Amazon has revealed plans to develop its second robotics fulfilment centre in the US state of Louisiana.
Located in Baton Rouge, the 820,000ft² fulfilment centre will be used for picking, packing and shipping smaller customer items, including books, toys, electronics and other household items.
Employees at the facility will earn at least $15 an hour and be offered other comprehensive benefits, including full medical, vision and dental insurance.
Last month, Amazon announced plans for a 650,000ft² robotics fulfilment centre in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Amazon operation regional director Bri Tye said: “We are a global business with local roots set firmly in the communities in which we live, work and play.
“From the local jobs we bring, to the local people we employ, train and upskill, our business is made up of people from the communities like Baton Rouge.
“We’re excited to be growing our operations in the heart of Louisiana and want to thank the local community and all of the state and local leaders for their support in making this project possible.”
Over the past ten years, Amazon has invested more than $250m in Louisiana, adding $220m to the state’s economy.
The company is currently estimated to have more than 2,000 full and part-time direct hires in the state, as well as more than 750 indirect jobs.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: “Louisiana has a long and storied history as a leading state for the shipping and transport of goods. Today’s announcement by Amazon reveals a new chapter in that history.
“I am proud to welcome this new investment to Louisiana’s Capital Region, and I thank Amazon for its continued investment in our great state, the third such investment in seven months.
“The new jobs and opportunities created by this project will be of tremendous value to Baton Rouge and the entire state.”
In April, Amazon reported a 44% increase in net sales in the first quarter of the year.