Amazon will continue its growth in California’s Central Valley and
create 1,500 new full-time jobs in Fresno
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 2, 2017--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its
first fulfillment center in Fresno. This will be Amazon’s fifth
fulfillment center in California’s Central Valley, with three operating
fulfillment centers located in Tracy and Patterson, and a fourth
facility under construction in Sacramento.
Other Amazon California customer fulfillment facilities are located in
San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Rialto, Eastvale and Newark.
Additionally, there are more than 460,000 authors, sellers, and
developers in California growing their businesses and reaching new
customers via Amazon products and services.
“We are very excited to expand our network into Fresno and throughout
the San Joaquin Valley as a region,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice
President of North American Operations. “There are several factors we
consider when deciding on where to place a new fulfillment center. Most
importantly, we look to see where we can improve Prime benefits with
faster shipping speeds for customers and where there is a dedicated
workforce that can raise the bar of our operational excellence. We know
we’ll find talent in abundance in Fresno to join the Amazon team.”
Amazon employees at the 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center will
specialize in handling smaller-sized items such as books, electronic
devices and children’s toys.
Mayor Lee Brand of Fresno said, “On behalf of the people of the City of
Fresno, it is my pleasure to welcome Amazon to our wonderful city. We
look forward to their fulfillment team joining our rapidly growing
business community and building on the positive momentum that is
energizing our economy. Amazon will not only provide quality jobs,
they’ll also bring a tradition of volunteering and partnering with local
small businesses that are vital to our overall success. We are thankful
for the job opportunities Amazon will offer to our residents and we will
embrace Amazon and make them part of the fabric of our great city.”
“In just five years, Amazon has become one of the fastest-growing and
largest employers in the Central Valley, providing thousands of
Californians with good-paying jobs,” said Panorea Avdis, Director of the
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
“Whether it’s the California Competes Tax Credit program, site selection
or permitting assistance, GO-Biz partners with companies to help them
expand and grow their operations. Thanks in part to a partnership with
the state, Amazon continues to be a strong driver of job creation and
positive economic impact, and we are thrilled to see them expand into
Fresno and the lower Central Valley.”
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a
comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company
stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time
employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative
programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of
tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether
the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s
launch, more than 9,000 employees are pursuing degrees in game design
and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to
name a few.
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.AmazonDelivers.Jobs.
The project is being developed by Dermody Properties and Seefried
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competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational
excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
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