Amazon is continuing its West Coast business expansion.
The e-tail giant announced plans Friday to open a new fulfillment center in Sacramento, California, which will bring more than 1,000 warehouse jobs to the area. The new facility will be Amazon’s 10th in California. It’s also the fourth fulfillment center opening announced by Amazon since March.
“Our ongoing expansion in California, which started just four short years ago, is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in this state,” Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, Akash Chauhan, said.
In addition to Amazon’s announcement of new fulfillment centers in Sacramento, Eastvale and Tracy, Amazon has seven additional facilities throughout the Golden State, including those in Moreno Valley, Patterson, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Tracy.
At the new 855,000-plus-square-foot facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship consumer items including books, electronics and toys. In addition to hourly wages and benefits, workers also have access to the Career Choice program, which pre-pays up to 95 percent of courses tuition for higher education. Currently, some Amazon fulfillment workers are pursing degrees in visual communications, IT programming and nursing.
“Amazon coming to Sacramento represents a big step forward as our community continues to grow. We have seen Amazon be a positive influence elsewhere in the state, and we are pleased that Amazon has chosen to invest in this region as well,” said chair of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Roberta MacGlashan.
“Customers are seeing on a regular basis Amazon’s customer obsession, innovative culture, and operational excellence—all of which is driven by the 14,000-plus Californians who work in Amazon fulfillment centers across the state,” Chauhan said. “We are incredibly proud of what has been accomplished in California.”
The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties and USAA Real Estate Company, in conjunction with Amazon.