More than 1,000 jobs have been created after Amazon confirmed it was opening a robotics centre in County Durham.
The robotics fulfilment centre is under construction at the Integra 61 site near the A1, and is one of three the online retailer is opening in the North East.
The company said it would be recruiting staff in a range of roles, including engineers, HR and IT professionals. Recruitment for the Amazon teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders begins next month.
Stefano Perego, Amazon’s vice president of Europe customer fulfilment, said: “We are excited to continue our expansion in the North East of England, creating a further 1,000 new permanent roles, this time in Durham.
“Our employees work in modern, high-tech workplaces, receiving competitive wages and comprehensive benefits from day one.
“These new state-of-the-art robotics fulfilment centres in the North East are another sign of our commitment to the people and communities in which we operate, employing thousands of talented individuals in a diverse range of roles from operations managers and tech professionals through to our frontline employees who manage customer orders.”
Amazon opened a distribution centre in Darlington in May and has also bought land in Gateshead to build another site.
Durham County Council leader Simon Henig said: “Amazon’s decision to locate its second north east fulfilment centre at the Integra 61 site is a clear reflection of confidence in County Durham, our workforce and our prospects for the future.
“Developing the county’s economy and creating more and better jobs have always been among our top priorities, with the creation of sites such as Integra 61 a vital part of our strategy.
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“Along with Jade Business Park, in east Durham; NETPark, at Sedgefield; and Milburngate, in Durham City; the site is on track to help bring thousands of new jobs to our area. This is particularly important at the moment, when our focus is on ensuring the local and regional economy is able to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have carried out significant infrastructure improvements at Integra 61 and worked hard to promote its many benefits to potential investors. It is very gratifying that this effort is now paying off.”