New Amazon fulfillment center opens in Mercer County

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (WPVI) -- Amazon is celebrating its continuing success at one of its newest fulfillment center in Mercer County, New Jersey.

The company uses innovative technologies including Amazon Robotics to run its huge operation.

The new fulfillment center in Robbinsville is a cavernous building the size of 59 football fields.

It's a maze of moving parts that work almost around-the-clock to pick and pack items once you click the "buy" button online.

"Shipped thousands of products a day through 14 miles of conveyors over 1.2 million square feet. just as you can see behind me this is a great operation," said general manager, Tim Hall.

"It's the busiest facility that Amazon has in the world which we are really excited about and it's been a great ratable," said Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried.

Amazon pays over $1 million a year in property taxes.

The facility employs over 2,500 people and Amazon is still hiring. But in addition to the people power on site, the giant warehouse is extremely high-tech.

In an intricate dance and without crashing into each other, hundreds of these orange robots are constantly moving sets of tall yellow shelves throughout the warehouse delivering orders to the workers who sort and pack them.

"The robots drive the shelves to our associates so the associates can pick the item when our system knows the proper items been picked the robot drives away and the next shelf drives up," said Hall.

It almost looks like ballet, but it's good business.

"From where we are standing right now you can reach 130 million people on a tank of gas that's why Amazon is here," said New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Employees work 10 hour shifts four days a week.

"They give decent benefits, they give college education dollars and there's also tremendous room in the company like this for promotion," said Hal Wirths, New Jersey Labor Commissioner.

After almost a year of operations here, Amazon is clearly happy with how things are going. The company plans to open another fulfillment center like this in North Jersey.
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