FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — In the digital age, it’s the stuff wish lists are made of.
Amazon has invited a host of local and Massachusetts state officials to celebrate its new fulfillment center on the edge of Fall River, on Innovation Way, on Friday afternoon. Among the big names are Gov. Charlie Baker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Joe Kennedy.
The enormous facility measures over a million square feet. It fills large item orders for shipment — in the company’s iconic boxes with the a-to-z smiling logo on the side.
It took months to hire a workforce: Amazon had initially pledged to bring on 500 workers, but the company later upped its need to 1,000. Career centers and local governments helped in pooling the talent.
The facility has 202 truck bays and can process upwards of 10,000 orders in an hour.
Amazon received millions in tax incentives — including over $3 million from the state — to open its doors in Southeastern Massachusetts.
“2,000 to 2,500 jobs worth of economic development over the past couple years that have been worth about $100 million,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Good investment in this region and from our point of view, as I said, this is just the beginning. There’s a ton of momentum here and we’re really looking forward to building on this.”
As of Friday afternoon, Amazon’s job openings site said they were taking applications for full-time fulfillment associate positions.