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Healthcare firm building in Manteca

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POSTED April 6, 2013 2:41 a.m.

Manteca is about to land 89 jobs.

Crothall Healthcare plans to operate a laundry and linen service for client hospitals from a 60,150-square-foot industrial building proposed along Airport Way just south of the cheese factory.

The Philadelphia-based firm plans to hire 89 workers to staff the operation in staggered eight-hour work shifts.

The company has more than 1,500 clients in 43 states. In addition to laundry and linen services the firm provides hospitals with environmental services, patient transport, facilities management, and clinical equipment solutions.

CenterPoint Properties is the property owner. The 4.7-acre site is just south of the Daisywood Avenue entrance off Airport Way to Del Webb at Woodbridge.

It is not part of the nearby 190-acre CenterPoint Business Park located directly east of the Union Pacific Railroad intermodal truck to train facility that is accessed from Roth Road. Site work has started on the project that will reflect a $175 million investment that may ultimately yield upwards of 600 permanent jobs in Manteca.

Some 3.1 million square feet of logistics/distribution space will be built. There are four structures planned ranging from 132,778 square feet to 1,491,718 square feet. The biggest distribution center in Manteca today is Ford Motor Small Parts Distribution Center at 550,000 square feet in Spreckels Park.

The project will generate upwards of 1,400 jobs. Of those 800 are construction jobs and 600 would be permanent jobs.

Users are expected to have large logistics and distributor needs that require tearing down products and either repackaging or reassembling and then prepare them for distribution. The project will have direct access to the UP yard to significantly reduce the potential impact for truck traffic.

CenterPoint Properties is seeking approval of the project during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Manteca Planning Commission meeting. The commission meets at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The firm is hoping to get the required parking spaces reduced from 120 to 100 stalls. That’s because of the staggered shifts plus aggressive efforts the firm will undertake to encourage ridesharing or use of public transit.

The plans is to hire 14 workers to sort and work the wash isle, 44 workers for the finishing lines, 10 delivery drivers, 12 clerical and management workers and another nine workers to handle maintenance and custodial tasks when the plant is not in production.

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