Amazon announces major expansion in Boston

Frederick Owens
May 2, 2018

"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, vice president of Amazon Canada and Amazon Mexico. Should Amazon expand its Seaport offices and lease an additional 610,000 square feet of commercial space, which would house an additional 2,000 workers, it will receive an additional $5 million property-tax breaks.

The new Amazon employees will be accommodated in a tower the company is building on the site of the city's old post office and they say that structure's architectural heritage will be preserved.

Amazon will formally announce on Tuesday a huge expansion in Boston that will bring 2,000 technology jobs to a new building in Seaport Square, where it will focus on developing its Alexa voice-activated technology, as well as cloud computing and robotics.

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"Our vibrant cities, which are home to some of the best talent in the world, are poised to attract premier investment that creates the jobs of tomorrow", Trudeau said in a statement. Together with its customer fulfillment facilities, Amazon has created more than 3,500 jobs in MA and since 2011 invested over $400 million in the state.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh both celebrated Amazon's decision, with Walsh labeling it a strong vote of confidence for the city. They now operate a 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden which opened to Amazon employees in 2015.

The announcement details show that Amazon now employs some 1,000 researchers and engineers at its Vancouver facility. "I think we should expect a more global view of Amazon's recruiting for these positions". In June 2017, Amazon opened a corporate office in Toronto and in November 2017, the company confirmed plans to open a second Vancouver office in 2020, bringing another 1,000 jobs to the city. Amazon employed about 566,000 full- and part-time employees worldwide at the end of December, and on Monday announced it was hiring 3,000 people in Vancouver.

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