Check out Amazon’s 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Ruskin — VIDEO

RUSKIN — There’s enough steel inside to build the Eiffel Tower — twice. If all the conveyor belts inside were laid out in a straight line, they would stretch farther than 10 miles. Hundreds of robots — including self driving vehicles — scoot around inside, Tampa Bay Times reported.

Amazon opened the doors to its 1.1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Ruskin recently to celebrate the warehouse’s grand opening more than a year and a half after its launch.

Reporters from media groups around the region, local government officials and Florida Governor Rick Scott toured the facility, which is one of two fulfillment centers in the state. The other is in Lakeland.

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Since the Ruskin Amazon facility opened on Sept. 17, 2014, it has more than doubled its workforce, from 1,000 full-time employees to more than 2,500, said Chris Monnot, the general manager. A renovation of the center, which is the size equivalent of more than 28 football fields, was completed in October. That project added new levels of work space, more conveyors and workstations, and made it larger in terms of cubic square footage than the Lakeland facility.

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