Amazon ready to hire for two new Valley warehouses

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6B

Hiring has begun for the new Amazon distribution center in Tracy, with hundreds of jobs up for grabs.

The announcement came less than three weeks after the world's largest online retailer began hiring for its other new center in Patterson. Employees at both warehouses will stock, pick, pack and ship merchandise for customer orders.

The bulk of the positions will be warehouse floor workers, called "fulfillment associates" by Amazon. All those jobs will start at $13.50 per hour, plus benefits including health care, vision, dental, 401(k) and a stock program.

The new 1 million-square-foot building will be in the ProLogis Park Tracy Phase II at 1605 N. Chrisman Road in Tracy. Both Central Valley sites are still under construction.

Unlike the Patterson facility, the Tracy warehouse will specialize in smaller items including books, CDs and small electronics. The Patterson center will handle large items, including televisions, furniture and more.

All hiring for both the Tracy and Patterson warehouses is handled through online applications. Candidates can apply, check their status and find out more information at www.workat

The Tracy site is expected to have a larger workforce, more than 1,000 employees, than the Patterson center because of the nature of its merchandise. More people will be required to sort and pack the smaller items. In Tracy, more work will be handled with powered equipment such as cherry pickers and forklifts.

Warehouse jobs are open to those 18 and older and require at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Other basic qualifications include the ability to read and take direction in English and the physical fitness to do the lifting, walking and climbing required of the work. Employees must pass a background check and drug screening.

Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said informational seminars similar to those held recently in Modesto for the Patterson center will be held to help job seekers learn more about the positions available and navigate the application process.

The San Joaquin County Worknet will host seminars with Amazon recruiters coming soon. Dates and times will be released soon.

The Tracy and Patterson centers are expected to open by late summer to early fall.

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