Tracy City Manager Leon Churchill announced the opening to the City Council at the regular council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Amazon welcomed employees with an orange carpet at the entrance and a sign that read, “It’s Day One! Are you ready to make a difference?”
The general manager of the Amazon fulfillment center, Kelvin Downes, said he was “excited” by day-one operations as he went into the new facility.
Churchill said Amazon opened two weeks ahead of schedule with 300 workers and would add 300 more employees each week until November. Among them are 70 managers and 60 hourly workers who already worked for the Seattle-based online retailer and moved to the Tracy facility to open it up.
The city, which announced Amazon’s Tracy facility Jan. 22, is offering the online retailer incentives if they meet certain goals.
If Amazon generates at least $100 million annual gross sales and 1,000 jobs and pays the city’s 1 percent sales tax rate, the company could qualify for city incentive programs.
Under those programs, the city would return 50 percent of Amazon’s city sales tax on up to $200 million in gross sales and as much as 80 percent of the tax if Amazon made more than $200 million in sales.