Amazon chose Parkland County, Alberta, part of the Edmonton metro area, for its latest robotics-oriented fulfillment center, where the company will launch operations by 2022 and employ more than 1,000 full- and part-time staff. “Parkland County is an ideal location for fulfillment centers,” said Rod Shaigec, mayor of the town of Acheson, Alberta, noting its proximity to 1.4 million customers in the region. “Its strategic location along the CANAMEX corridor and the Trans-Canadian highway allows companies to cover via truck all of Western Canada within one day’s drive.” In partnership with Parkland County, Panattoni Development Company and QuadReal, Amazon will be donating more than 200 build-your-own robot kits to community groups in the Parkland County area in order to introduce local youth to the world of robotics. For more on why Parkland County made sense for Amazon and others, read this Site Selection Investment Profile from January 2021.
“While the power of remote work is strong, having research and development (R&D) facilities around the world enables you to attract the top talent and put them together in a place that’s equipped to let them create the next big thing,” says Acronis about its new office in Herzliya, focused on cybersecurity R&D. In addition to announcing a five-year plan to invest around $80 million into the country, Acronis plans to recruit more than 100 engineers, scientists, and cybersecurity professionals for the new office. “Acronis' strategic move into Israel reflects the fact this region will play a major role in our future success and we have tremendous trust in the talent of the Israeli high-tech industry,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO and founder of Acronis, in June. “This new Israeli center will be at the forefront of cyber protection research and development, becoming one of the key sites in our international network of research centers, alongside our Swiss, Singaporean, Bulgarian, and North American locations.” The company plans to establish workforce pipeline initiatives, R&D collaboratives, and training and mentoring programs with local businesses and the top Israeli universities.