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Higher Demand Spurs Hiring At Tracy's Amazon.com Distribution Center

Mark Lennihan / AP

The logo for Amazon.com is displayed at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 in New York.

Mark Lennihan / AP

Amazon.com has announced it will hire more than 200 full time workers at its distribution center in Tracy.

The company just started operations in Tracy last year and has seen greater customer demand than it had expected.

Tracy City Councilman Mike Maciel says Amazon's workforce has been a major economic boost.

"That workforce are consumers in and of themselves and there's a secondary benefit to your local economy, those workers are consumers they're going to buy groceries, they're going to buy cars, they're going to buy homes, it's really a trickle-down effect to your local economy."

Maciel says the city streamlined the planning process for Amazon and other companies have noticed.

"From zero to less than a year up and running, and that's our goal to help companies get up and moving that quickly," he says.

Maciel says other companies are following Amazon to Tracy.

Cordes Ranch, which would be the largest industrial park in California, at 1700 acres, could break ground in Tracy this year.

Maciel says that could create 30,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

 

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio