The 650,000ft² facility will generate more than 1,000 full-time jobs, in an effort by Amazon to support local communities.

Employees at the facility will be responsible for picking, packing and shipping smaller customer items such as books, toys, electronics and other household items.

They will be paid a starting wage of $15 an hour and be offered other benefits, including full medical, vision and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with a 50% company match.

Amazon operations regional director William Hicks said: “Amazon may be a global business, but it’s made up of small businesses and communities.

“From the local jobs we bring, to the local people we employ, train and upskill, our business is made up of people from communities like Shreveport.

“We’re thrilled to be able to expand our operations in north-west Louisiana and we look forward to becoming part of the fabric of the local community.”

From 2010 to 2019, the company invested more than $250m in Louisiana, including infrastructure and compensation to employees in the state.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: “This new Amazon project is a major advancement for the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area and for Louisiana’s economy.

“In addition to providing strong benefits, Amazon will pay workers double the minimum wage or more in a state-of-the-art technology environment.”

North Louisiana Economic Partnership chairman Chap Breard said: “We are thrilled to have Amazon become a new major employer in North Louisiana.

“Their decision to locate in Shreveport confirms that North Louisiana’s competitive strategic location, strong stakeholder partnerships and project-ready industrial sites are critical for success in economic development.”

In March, Amazon Australia announced that it is developing a 200,000m² robotics fulfilment centre in Kemps Creek, Western Sydney.

Located at Goodman/Brickworks’ Oakdale West Industrial Estate, the facility is expected to open by the end of the year.