On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Amazon announced in a press release that it plans to build a one million square-foot distribution center in Tracy, California. The addition of the distribution center will bring hundreds of full-time positions with benefits to the Tracy community. This is the third distribution center Amazon has planned to open in the state of California the first of which was opened in October 2012 in San Bernardino. The second center is set to open in Patterson in summer 2013.
Government officials are very thrilled that Amazon has decided to make such a great investment in the state of California. Mayor of the city of Tracy, Brent Ives said, “I am honored and pleased that Amazon recognizes our streamlined business development efforts, prime location and resources available to meet the demands of their fulfillment center. Amazon is a wonderful addition to our economic base and will provide hundreds of jobs for residents of Tracy.”
In addition to bringing hundreds of jobs to the communities Amazon is opening distribution centers in, the company is also helping the local economy through donations. Amazon donated $25,000 to local nonprofits and put 700 full-time employees to work in San Bernardino when it opened the first distribution center. There has been no word on if they plan to make those same types of contributions when they open the other two centers, but Amazon is known for being generous to the surrounding areas it operates in.
Amazon is one of the best paying retailers in the country offering employees on average thirty percent higher pay than traditional retail jobs. Also, employees receive full benefits as well as stock options which according to Amazon have added an additional nine percent to employees’ base pay.
California is a state that Amazon is happy to be in business in. Mike Roth, vice president of Amazon’s North American operations said, “We are grateful to be members of the California business community and to employ so many hardworking and skilled Californians. We are excited to be growing in the state and to be creating hundreds of full-time positions in Tracy.”
At this time, these are the only three distribution centers that are planned to open in California, but as rapidly as Amazon is growing there could be many more to come in the near future. Over the past year Amazon has created over 1,000 jobs in the state of California alone.