From military base to innovation ecosystem

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From Mike Travaline
Public Institutions Associate

Once upon a time, Fort Devens was a temporary cantonment for training soldiers during World War I and later a U.S. Army Reserve. Today, the area roughly 40 miles Northwest of Boston has become a growing technology and manufacturing hub. Look no further than Quiet Logistics as proof. The company, which occupies over 400,000 square feet in Devens, describes itself as a “forward-thinking fulfillment provider specializing in innovative brands and eCommerce solutions.”

Like many other industrial companies in search of big blocks of warehouse space, they found fewer and fewer options directly outside of Boston. But with the available square footage combined with proximity to highways (notably Rt. 2, I-495 and I-190) and rail, Devens has proven to be the perfect solution for Quiet Logistics, which relocated to the area from Andover in 2011.

It was in Devens that Quiet Logistics developed its own robotics technology, known as the LocusBot, after relying for many years on robots provided by Massachusetts-based Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in 2012. The LocusBot complements, but doesn’t replace, the Quiet Logistics workforce, helping to both enable innovation and promote job growth at the same time.

Watch the above video to learn more about the robotics innovations happening at Quiet Logistics and take a look at how Devens has transformed over the last 100 years. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to find out more about the unique opportunities available in Devens.

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