Amazon announces major expansion in Boston

Amazon's new Tech Hub in Boston's Seaport will create 2,000 tech jobs in the city

A concept design of Amazon's new tech hub in Boston.

"We choose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented work force here", Jesse Dougherty, Amazon's general manager of web services, told an announcement event on the new development also attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They now operate a 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden which opened to Amazon employees in 2015.

"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly skilled jobs in Vancouver", he said.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant plans to open a 430,000-square-foot (39,900-square-meter) office in Boston's Seaport waterfront development by 2021, bringing the company's total headcount in the Boston area to more than 3,500 full-time employees, Amazon said in a statement Tuesday.

Over the course of the past five years Amazon has put a priority on Vancouver.

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Amazon first opened offices in MA in 2011. Last November, it announced it would add 1,000 workers at another downtown site set to open in 2020.

Along with an office in the Back Bay, a robotics facility in North Reading and a massive distribution center in Fall River, the company has added 3,500 jobs in MA since 2011, with these 2,000 more to come.

Amazon, the world's third largest retailer behind Walmart and Alibaba according to Forbes magazine in 2017, already employs more than 6,000 workers in Canada, with more than 1,000 of them researchers at the Vancouver operation.

Amazon bought Kiva Systems, a robotics company based in the Boston suburb of North Reading, in 2012.

Boston is on the short list of candidate cities vying for Amazon's HQ2, but it seems unlikely that it'll land the winning bid with such a significant expansion project now underway. "I've loved working here as we've continued to grow", said Rebecca McKnight, an Amazon software development engineer, during Monday's announcement.

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