Amazon showed of its robotics fulfillment center in Opa-locka on Friday. The over 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center opened in September 2018 and employs more than 1,500 full-time, full-benefit associates who pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics and toys.
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Maurice L. Kemp, County Commissioners Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and Jean Monestime, Opa-locka Vice Mayor Chris Davis and Commissioner Sherelean Bass were among the crowd who gathered to mark the official grand opening. The Opa-locka industrial park, located at 14000 NW 37th Ave., is named after former State Rep. Carrie Meek, who was accompanied by her son, former U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek at the event.
Amazon also surprised the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami with a $10,000 donation to update the club’s computer lab and facilitate STEM learning.
The guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the fulfillment center, which is staffed by mostly people of color. Anyone who wants to see what happens after clicking “buy” on Amazon can sign up for a free tour of the Opa-locka fulfillment center at www.amazon.com/fctours. Tours are offered daily with new tour availability added at the beginning of each month.