In its second-largest acquisition, Amazon buys the company for $970 million.
Construction follows a sale-tax deal with state officials.
Amazon.com Inc. will build a 1-million-square-foot warehouse in Tracy, CA, the e-retailer’s third announced fulfillment center in that state.
Today’s announcement of the facility, to be located east of the San Francisco area, follows a deal in September 2011 with state officials that requires larger retailers to collect sales taxes from residents. Part of the deal called for Amazon to build more warehouses in the state.
In October, Amazon opened a warehouse in San Bernardino. The e-retailer plans to open another warehouse in Patterson this year. Amazon did not immediately say when the Tracy facility would open; it is being built by Prologis, a development company. Amazon says the Tracy warehouse will “create hundreds of full-time jobs.”
“We are grateful to be members of the California business community and to employ so many hardworking and skilled Californians,” says Mike Roth, vice president of Amazon’s North American operations. “We are excited to be growing in the state.”
Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.