Amazon expands footprint in California

Amazon.com is finalizing plans to open a new 1.2 million-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Moreno Valley, Calif., which will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs ahead of the holiday shopping season.

This will be Amazon’s fourth fulfillment center in the state. The company’s other sites are located in Patterson, San Bernardino and Tracy.

“We are excited to grow our presence in the great state of California, bringing more than 1,000 new full-time jobs to Moreno Valley to join the thousands of Californians we employ currently in our fulfillment centers in Patterson, San Bernardino and Tracy,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s VP of North America operations. “Amazon’s fulfillment center positions are full-time jobs that offer competitive wages, benefits, company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We look forward to joining the community.”

According to the company, Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30% more than traditional retail jobs — not taking into account the stock grants that full-time employees receive.

"The innovative spirit of Amazon fits well with the creative and entrepreneurial environment in California," said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. "The investment today means hundreds of new jobs in the Inland Empire."

At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.

Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners are building the site as part of a joint venture.