Menlo Worldwide Logistics, under contract to Amazon.com Inc., will employ more than 200 people at a newly remodeled Stockton warehouse, filling customer orders for the online retail giant, according to a contractor who worked on the project.
The 508,000-square-foot warehouse at 1909 Zephyr St. will complement Amazon.com's company-owned distribution centers now under construction in Tracy and Patterson, said Ryan Haggerty, principal of Haggerty Construction.
His firm designed and made changes in the warehouse, which included more natural lighting, new racking, modifications to the truck docks, floor-cleaning systems, ventilation, 5,000 square feet of office space and even an automated gift-wrapping station.
"The wonderful thing for the local community with this project is it's bringing in like 225 jobs," Haggerty said Tuesday.
And he said Amazon.com's presence is just starting to be felt in the region. "It's going to continue to bring great business, I believe, to the Valley," Haggerty said.
Michael Ammann, chief executive of the San Joaquin Partnership, agreed.
While he could not comment specifically on the Menlo Worldwide project, Ammann said it and other suppliers and subcontractors serving Amazon.com are expected to set up shop in the area.
And even later, Ammann said, "I foresee competitors of Amazon repositioning themselves to compete against Amazon as well as the follow-on investments (by additional suppliers and subcontractors).
"So it's a layer cake of opportunity for us, and this is just the beginning," he said.
Other factors favoring new business development in the San Joaquin area include Tracy's move to annex and develop 1,700 acres in its southwest quadrant for commercial and industrial projects and the distribution industry's increasing preference for intermodal facilities, where cargo can be quickly moved between trucks and low-cost rail services. Stockton and Lathrop both have intermodal rail yards.
"That really solidifies our future and our ability to attract the follow-on development to Amazon," Ammann said.
"Those are going to be concentrated areas that are going to attract manufacturing as well as distribution to feed into the Northern California market."
Haggerty said he sees business activity ramping up now.
The one-time surplus of vacant warehouse and commercial building space is beginning to disappear, especially the largest distribution centers. And he predicts builders might soon start to build new warehouses from the ground up, something that hasn't been seen for years.
"There's great things happening in the industry right now," Haggerty said.
Original headline: Amazon-related project to add 225 jobs
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