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Amazon is planning a $40M robotics hub near Boston

Ron Miller
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - AUGUST 2: Robotic technology and vision systems work on orders at the Amazon Fulfillment Center on at the Amazon Fulfillment Center on August 2, 2017 in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The American commerce company is hosting 'Amazon Jobs Day' with job fairs across the country to hire 50,000 positions for their fulfillment centers nationwide. The more than 1 million square foot facility holds tens of millions of products and features more than 14 miles of conveyor belts, employing more than 4,000 workers who pick, pack, and ship orders. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Amazon announced a plan today to build a $40 million, 350,000-square-foot robotics innovation hub in Westborough, Mass. The new facility will bring 200 technology and advanced manufacturing jobs when it opens in 2021.

The new facility will include corporate offices, research and development labs and a robotics manufacturing space. The company said that this new facility will be in addition to its existing Amazon Robotics site in North Reading, Mass.

Tye Brady, chief technologist at Amazon Robotics, says the new hub will allow Amazon to continue to build on its robotics research. "This will be a world-class facility, where our teams can design, build, program and ship our robots -- all under the same roof. This expansion will allow us to continue to innovate quickly and improve delivery speed for customers around the world,” Brady said in a statement.

Amazon bought Kiva Systems, a company that was developing order fulfillment robots, in 2012 for $775 million in cash, and then renamed the company Amazon Robotics. A lot has changed since 2012, and today the company has deployed more than 200,000 drive units in over 50  fulfillment centers worldwide, according to data supplied by the company.

Amazon is not new to Massachusetts. It has had a presence in the Bay State since 2011, and has invested more than $3 billion and created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Massachusetts, according to data supplied by the company.

Westborough is a suburb located about 35 miles west of Boston.

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