Amazon to open center in Vacaville in the fall

September 14 2017

By Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

Posted: 09/13/17, 4:38 PM PDT | Updated: 19 hrs ago

Amazon is hiring for hundreds of part-time positions to sort packages at its new center in Vacaville’s Interchange Business Park.

When the 300,000 square foot facility at 300 Crocker Drive opens later this fall, it will be Amazon’s fifth open facility in Northern California.

The company has two upcoming sites in Sacramento and Stockton that will open this year and the next.

“We’re thrilled to have Amazon locate one of its sortation centers in Vacaville,” said Mayor Len Augustine in a written statement. “The jobs it will provide will certainly be a boost to our city as well as the region. It also adds a new level of employment to our growing job base, and adds to our reputation as an economically diverse city.”

A sortation center is different from a fulfillment center where orders are picked, packed and shipped, Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson explained.

Sortation centers are facilities where associates sort customer packages that originate in fulfillment centers, such as those in Tracy and Patterson — and eventually in Sacramento when it opens — by zip code.

This allows for faster and expanded delivery options, such as Sunday delivery, and later purchase cut-off times.

Amazon held hiring events this week at the Ulatis Community Center in Vacaville for part-time sortation associates in Vacaville and full-time fulfillment associates in Sacramento.

Part-time employees will earn a $13.25 hourly wage and receive benefits that include life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon and funding toward medical insurance.

These employees also can enroll in the company’s Career Choice program, which trains them for in-demand jobs at Amazon or elsewhere.

The program pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon.