SEATTLE — Amazon.com, Inc. recently announced plans to open its second large-scale facility in Stockton. The new fulfillment center will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one.
Other Amazon fulfillment facilities in Central and Northern California are located in Fresno, Newark, Patterson, Sacramento, Tracy and Vacaville. Amazon has created more than 39,000 jobs in California and since 2011 invested over $19 billion in the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
“Since we first began operating in California six years ago, we have found a network of support from community leaders, a dedicated workforce and fantastic customers,” said Mark Stewart, Vice President of Amazon’s North America Operations. “We’re excited to expand in Stockton and develop our employees through on-the-job skills training and through our Career Choice program, which hundreds of our California associates have used to go back to school.”
Amazon estimates that its direct investments in California contributed an additional $15 billion to the state’s economy from 2011-2017 and generated an additional 50,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. There are also more than 175,000 small and medium-sized businesses in California selling on Amazon, and this year California was #2 on Amazon’s list of Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial States.
“Stockton is a city with great momentum, and we’ve made jobs and economic development top priority,” said Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. “I am excited about connecting our local workforce with the 1,000 jobs and investment Amazon is bringing to our community with this new project.”
Employees at the 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship items to customers such as patio furniture, bikes, outdoor equipment and rugs.
“We are thrilled that Amazon has selected Stockton for a second major location in our city,” said Micah Runner, Economic Development Director for Stockton. “Amazon, along with many others, are finding Stockton the right place to locate their business, further evidenced by the decision to invest in our community once again.”
Amazon offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company 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, over 16,000 associates have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few. Named #1 on LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Companies list, Amazon provides comprehensive benefits to its employees, including generous parental leave, company stock, healthcare and 401(k) retirement savings plan.
The project is being developed by CT Realty.