2012-01-12 / Front Page

Amazon may bring a distribution center and 1,500 jobs to the Central Valley

From the Sacramento Bee - By Dale Kasler - When state officials ended their tax war with Amazon.com last fall, the giant Internet retailer promised to bring 10,000 jobs to California.

Now Amazon is apparently ready to make good on that pledge, starting in western Stanislaus County.

Amazon is expected to announce soon it will build a 1,500-employee distribution center off I-5 in Patterson, west of Modesto. The facility would be the first of several Amazon sites in California.

No deal has been finalized yet in Patterson, and city and county officials will refer to the new employer only as Project X. But according to the Modesto Bee, the company is widely believed to be Amazon.

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