Reporting Andrea Menniti
TRACY (CBS13) – Nearly 1,000 jobs will soon be coming to Tracy thanks to a major online retailer moving in.
Amazon is planning a major distribution center in the city.
“We waited until the absolute last minute and then basically spring a Christmas surprise on the region,” Tracy Mayor Brent Ives said.
It’s a Christmas surprise in the way of providing much needed jobs after an empty piece of land will soon transform into an Amazon distribution center.
The facility will bring almost 1,000 jobs to Tracy and the greater San Joaquin Valley.
“There are some hi-tech jobs, a call center, management positions, almost all of these are new jobs,” said Ives.
The announcement comes about six months after the internet retail heavyweight revealed it would be building a shipping center in nearby Patterson.
Tracy city leaders spent more than a year working to bring Amazon to the area. A sales tax incentive designed to lure large scale businesses, helped seal the deal.
The million square foot facility is expected to bring in a $1 million in tax revenue each year.
“A million dollars would help with any deficit that would be created. You can hire a number of police, firefighters, wastewater treatment, public works,” said Ives.
Word of the distribution center was kept under wraps for months; but now, neighbors are eager to learn more about jobs brewing in their backyard.
“This Amazon thing is going to be a fantastic thing,” Tracy resident Larry Ybarrche said.
The mayor says Amazon may begin the hiring process as early as this spring.