Amazon plans to open its second, 820,000 square-foot, robotics fulfillment center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Amazon Regional Director of Operations, Bri Tye said “we’re 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,” said Bri Tye, Regional Director of Operations at Amazon. “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.”
According to company officials, from 2010-2019 Amazon has invested more than $250 million in Louisiana, including infrastructure and compensation to employees in the state.Amazon's investments in the state contributed an additional $220 million into the state’s economy over that same period.
Governor John Bel Edwards said, “Louisiana has a long and storied history as a leading state for the shipping and transport of goods,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “Today’s announcement by Amazon reveals a new chapter in that history, as Baton Rouge will now be home to a state-of-the-art Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Center. 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 a tremendous value to Baton Rouge and the entire state.”
“This is the one we’ve been waiting for,” said president and CEO Adam Knapp of Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “Amazon’s project is transformational, both for creating a thousand jobs and serving as a model of intentional economic development. It’s been a great team effort of state and local leadership to get this project in place. The blighted Cortana Mall will be reinvented into a modern logistics hub that will catalyze investment in the Florida Boulevard corridor and beyond.”