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The general manager says the facility will hire 1,200 people at the 1.3 million square foot fulfillment center in Visalia

VISALIA – Amazon’s Visalia fulfillment center is open and in full operation, according to the new General Manager. The 1.3 million square foot warehouse, the largest in the city, is located on Riggin Avenue and Kelsey Street in Visalia Industrial Park and will create more jobs than previously announced.

“We have already hired nearly 1,000 on our way to 1,200 people,” said General Manager Carlos Avelar, adding that they are “hiring more people than we originally expected.”

Avelar says he moved his family to Visalia in July from Tracy, where he had been a manager for 2.5 years. He is looking forward to an open day soon, is inviting local officials and has already huddled with other industry managers in the industrial park to introduce himself.

“The Central Valley has a special place in my heart,” said Avelar. “We want to be part of the community”

The Visalia Amazon differs from every other Amazon in the valley, as it is a “fulfillment center” in which mainly larger goods are stored that are to be shipped throughout the valley. The closest similar facility is in Patterson, Avelar said. In these fulfillment centers, employees pick, pack and ship larger customer items, from diaper boxes to parasols.

“We chose Visalia to be close to our customers,” said Avelar.

The next three months will be the busiest of the year for the e-retailer, Avelar said, and Aamzon could increase its seasonal workforce by 1,200 at times.

Avelar said the starting salary at the Visalia center is at least $ 15.50 an hour, with benefits like paid time off and dental care. New hires who provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination will receive a $ 100 bonus on the first day. Avelar said Amazon is encouraging its employees to go to college and will pay for it while they work here.

Interested parties must be at least 18 years old and have a university degree, GED or equivalent. Interested candidates can apply online at

Second camp?

Avelar said he had “heard the rumors” that a second Amazon warehouse is to be built in the industrial park – but for now, “it’s just that – a rumor”.

The same property owner, CapRock, who landed Amazon more than 18 months ago to start the construction process, is making construction drawings for another 1.1 million square foot warehouse at Kelsey and Avenue 320, north of current downtown. The filing actually calls for two adjacent warehouses spanning 150 acres in a second phase – a total of 2.2 million square feet.

It was Newport Beach’s CapRock who sold 58 acres to UPS in 2017 for a new distribution center that is now west of the Visalia Amazon Center. The project is now seen as the beginning of a logistics boom in Visalia. Today a dozen more industrial halls are being built, under construction or on the drawing board. Visalia’s success in attracting new logistics companies worried nearby Fresno, according to press reports, as they followed recent announcements that Ace Hardware will build a huge 400-workstation facility here.

Amazon doesn’t usually announce any projects. Back in January, this reporter wrote: “Visalia’s largest building permit in 2020 was $ 105 million granted to Gray Construction to build a logistics center in Riggin and Kelsey in Visalia Industrial Park. The approval applies to the new 1.3 million square foot Amazon warehouse, which is expected to open in late summer. Despite all the dirt flying, Amazon has not announced the project. “

This week, Paul Bernal, Visalia’s new community development director, confirmed that plans for the new logistics center are being reviewed by the city and found that “we have just sent them back for correction,” a common practice. The notion that this is a second Amazon is fueled by the fact that the same contractor, Gray Construction, is listed on the plans.

Prior to commencing operations in Visalia, the company announced that it had invested over $ 81 billion in California between 2010 and 2020, including infrastructure and employee compensation. Other direct and statewide impacts include more than 153,000 full-time and part-time jobs created in California. According to the company, it has increased the state’s gross domestic profit by more than $ 80 billion as a result of its investments.

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