Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has announced plans to open yet another massive fulfillment center in San Bernardino, CA, a vote of confidence for the Inland Empire location where it launched its first Golden State fulfillment center back in 2012.
This new facility will be a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center where Amazon employees will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
Amazon expects to create more than 1,000 more full-time positions at this facility, which will be the third Amazon facility in San Bernardino. Amazon already employs more than 12,000 full-time hourly associates at its six existing California fulfillment centers in San Bernardino, Tracy, Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands and Rialto.
Back in 2012, the company chose the AllianceCalifornia 2,000-acre mixed-use development in San Bernardino as the location for its first California fulfillment center after the County agreed to provide a generous tax incentive for the project, which eventually led to the creation of over 1,400 jobs. The San Bernardino Economic Development Agency also provided Amazon with assistance in workforce recruitment and other services.
Hillwood Investments, best known for its Alliance brand of developments, was the developer for that first project, and will once again be the developer for this new fulfillment center as well.
Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement announcing the new fulfillment center that “San Bernardino has proven to be an important part of Amazon’s growth in California, and we are proud to continue creating jobs and helping support the economy here in the Inland Empire.”
San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis responded in kind, noting that “We are excited Amazon continues to view San Bernardino as a great place to do business and we’re proud to be part of Amazon’s history and future.”
In addition to building a network of large fulfillment centers across the state that employ 12,000 full-time hourly associates and tens of thousands more seasonal jobs, Amazon has also been a good community partner for its employees and the region.
The company provides its employees with continuing education classrooms onsite, along with generous paid parental leave benefits and leadership growth. Mayor Davis added that “The company continues hosting a robust public tours program, donating needed items and volunteer hours to local charities, and supporting local businesses on a regular basis.”
Seattle, WA-based Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is a Fortune 500 company that opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995.