Amazon has announced the creation of five new facilities in B.C., to employ about 2,000 people. (Amazon/Special to Black Press Media)

Amazon has announced the creation of five new facilities in B.C., to employ about 2,000 people. (Amazon/Special to Black Press Media)

Amazon adds new facilities in Langley, Pitt Meadows, Delta, Vancouver

The Vancouver port centre will be the first Amazon centre to feature robotics in B.C.

Amazon fulfillment centres and delivery stations in Langley, Pitt Meadows, Delta, and Vancouver are expected to create 2,000 jobs, the company announced Friday.

The four buildings announced on March 7 include:

• A new sorting centre in Langley Township in the 9300-block of 200th Street that will open later in 2021, estimated to create more than 500 jobs,

• A delivery station that launched in February in Aldergrove’s Gloucester Estates industrial park, employing 200 people,

• A delivery station in Pitt Meadows in the Golden Ears Business Park, also set to open later this year, expected to create “hundreds of jobs,” according to a company statement,

• Another delivery station in Delta at 7400 Vantage Way for later this year, also expected to create hundreds of jobs, and

• A 450,000-square-foot “advanced robotics fulfillment centre” at the Port of Vancouver that will launch in late 2021, employing 1,000 people and creating the first Amazon fulfillment centre using robots in B.C.

Amazon initially announced that one of the locations would be in Langley City, but both are located in the Township.

“This expansion by Amazon is an endorsement that British Columbia is a desirable place for a global company to make a long-term commitment,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

“We welcome the career opportunities created for people and families, and the chance to showcase to the world the amazing products from B.C.’s small- and medium-sized businesses.”

Amazon said it employs more than 5,500 full- and part-time staff in B.C., and the new openings will increase that to about 7,500.

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Amazon announced locations in Langley Township. One location is in Gloucester Industrial Park. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Amazon announced locations in Langley Township. One location is in Gloucester Industrial Park. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)