Amazon plans to open a 855,000 square-foot Warehouse in Fresno
Amazon has chosen Fresno as the site where it plans to open an order filing center that is expected to employ around 1,500 workers when it opens and eventually have a total of 2,500 employees. The announcement was made last month after the Fresno City Council adopted a generous package of tax rebates and other incentives as an enticement to the Seattle-based company. A company spokeswoman stated that a few of Amazon’s order-fulfillment centers processed more than 1 million orders in a single day during the 2016 holiday season. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand stated,
We’ve been working behind the scenes very feverishly, making sure to get all the permits in order and the plan checks, getting to the point where we’ll be ready for a ground-breaking ceremony with shovels in the next couple of weeks. Our expectation is that in the next 30 days they’ll start construction, and it will probably take about a year to build.
The fulfillment center in Fresno will be the fifth one in the region and the warehouse will represent a capital investment of about $200 million in construction, robotics, fixtures and furniture. According to Amazon, the Fresno center will handle orders for smaller-sized items such as books, electronic devices and children’s toys. The centers make ample use of robots to ferry bins of products to workers who pull items to assemble customer orders for shipping. An economic analysis of the project by the city estimates that the actual property tax rebates will amount to about $15.3 million over 30 years, plus about $750,000 in sales tax rebates. The city is hoping that Fresno and the surrounding area will benefit from more people earning wages so that they can then spend their money at local businesses. The Amazon deal should help residents near Fresno with added jobs.