A coterie of state legislators, Amazon employees and journalists gathered Tuesday with Brown as the e-retailing giant, based in Seattle, christened its year-old fulfillment center in San Bernardino.
Since opening, the 1 million-square-foot site has grown to accommodate 1,400 employees, up from 700 initially.
Amazon expects to employ more than 1,000 full-time workers at its 1.2 million-square-foot Moreno Valley facility. The area, some 20 miles away from San Bernardino, will also be home next year to a 935,000-square-foot distribution center run by grocery chain Aldi.
The Inland Empire region “has been a difficult area of California,” wracked by high unemployment, Brown said.
Elsewhere in the state, the company also has fulfillment centers in Patterson and Tracy. Workers at such plants are paid, on average, 30% more than comparable retail positions elsewhere, Amazon said.
Amazon is already ramping up for the upcoming holiday season, with plans to hire 70,000 full-time seasonal workers -- a 40% boost from last year.