Amazon is singing the Central Valley’s praises after showing FOX40 how hundreds of machines work alongside more than a thousand employees.
Kiva robots glide across the floor of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Tracy, about 1,500 employees work alongside the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development said is a huge economic driver for the area. “The location is fantastic and we found a great community, we found great associates,” Mike Roth, the North America Operations for Amazon said Tuesday.
Amazon first opened this center two years ago in a county which, the state claimed, felt the brunt of California’s recession. “We want to make sure that we continue, complete the expansion of this building, grow this building to the fullest potential,” Sanjay Shah, the California Regional Director for Amazon told us.
Amazon plans on continuing its expansion opening up centers throughout the state. But their relationship with California hasn’t always been so promising. Right before the Tracy fulfillment center was opened, the largest online retailer fought a sales tax. “It is all over the U.S. But, we like to stay close to where it’s intended to be,” Roth said.
The bitter feud is now over with California collecting millions of dollars in sales tax and Amazon’s plans of continued business with the state. “So it’s benefitting the California customers because we’re much closer, we’re able to ship items to them much faster than when we were in the past,” Roth explained.