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Amazon hosts tour and ribbon cutting for its newest fulfillment center

March 26, 2024

Amazon ribbon cutting

RICHMOND, VA. – March 25, 2024 – Today, Amazon celebrated the official opening of our new, state-of-the-art robotics fulfillment center with Gov. Glenn Youngkin, state and local officials and community partners in Richmond. The 2.7 million-square-foot facility is Amazon’s newest fulfillment center in Virginia and the commonwealth’s second Amazon robotics fulfillment center. Inside of the Richmond facility, over 1,000 employees operate and work with innovative technology to assist in fulfilling customer orders.

 “The grand opening of Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Virginia is a testament to the Commonwealth’s exceptional infrastructure, competitive business costs, and long-term commitment to talent development and workforce training,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Amazon’s cutting-edge fulfillment centers generate major capital investment, thousands of jobs and strengthen Virginia’s position as a logistics industry leader on the East Coast. We welcome their continued partnership as we work to continue making Virginia the best state to grow your business.”

Ammar Ahmad, the General Manager of the Richmond Fulfillment Center, led a special, behind-the-scenes tour for attendees. He explained how Richmond employees play an integral role in efficiently and safely delivering orders for Amazon customers by picking, packing, and shipping smaller customer items such as books, electronics, and toys.

 “At Amazon, we are deeply committed to investing in our employees’ long-term success, fostering community engagement, and driving economic development,” said Ammar Ahmad, General Manager of Amazon’s Richmond Fulfillment Center. “We’re thrilled that this facility has generated over 1,000 new jobs for the Henrico community. Our valued employees in Virginia enjoy competitive pay, a comprehensive benefits packages and a supportive work environment, which includes health, vision, and dental insurance from day one, a 401(k) with a 50 percent company match, generous paid leave and access to Amazon’s Career Choice program, which pre-pays for college tuition.”

“With this new state-of-the-art facility, Amazon is investing in the future of Henrico County and the greater Richmond area,” said State Senator Lamont Bagby. “I grew up not far from where this site now stands and I’m thrilled to see Amazon bring over one thousand good jobs with strong benefits to our community.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to celebrate the grand opening of Amazon’s new, state-of-the art fulfillment center in Henrico County,” said Reverend Roscoe Cooper, Fairfield District Supervisor. “From offering Henrico County Public Schools students learning opportunities in technology to providing careers with advancement and professional development tracks, Amazon is bringing more than smiles to Henrico. It’s bringing the possibly of brighter futures. I am grateful for Amazon’s commitment to the Henrico community and wish them much success.”

Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $109 billion in Virginia, including infrastructure and compensation to employees, and has created more than 39,000 full- and part-time jobs here. These investments support an additional 200,800 indirect jobs across the state, in fields like construction and professional services, and have contributed more than $72.9 billion to the Virginia GDP, on top of the company’s direct investments.

“We are thrilled to continue investing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where we have already created 39,000 jobs including more than 1,000 right here in Henrico County” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Vice President of Economic Development Policy. “These jobs receive great pay and day one benefits, such as health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with a 50 percent company match and generous paid leave. With access to our Career Choice program, our Henrico employees also have the opportunity to further their education or skills with one of our valued Career Choice Partners in the region – Brightpoint, Reynolds, VCU, and VSU.”