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Laundry bringing 89 jobs

Groundbreaking next month in northwest Manteca

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Laundry bringing 89 jobs

Crothall Healthcare is building on Airport Way west of the Del Webb community.

RYAN BALBUENA/The Bulletin/


POSTED October 18, 2013 10:08 p.m.

The first of upwards of 1,000 jobs from various business park developments moving forward in Northwest Manteca will materialize by mid-2014.

Crothall Healthcare is conducting groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m. on a 60,150-square-foot industrial building for a laundry and linen service 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 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.

Although the Crothall Healthcare site is on land owned by CenterPoint Properties, it is not part of the actual 190-acre CenterPoint Business Park.

CenterPoint, which is owned by the California Public Employees Retirement System, has started putting infrastructure in place to serve the larger business park.

The business park represents a potential overall investment of $175 million in buildings and improvements before tenants move in. Projections anticipate 600 permanent jobs will eventually be created.

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. By comparison, Austin Road Business Park moving forward in the southeast portion of Manteca has 8 million square feet of industrial and business park space planned. The biggest distribution center in Manteca today is Ford Motor Small Parts Distribution Center at 550,000 square feet in Spreckels Park.

Users at CenterPoint 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 Union Pacific rail to truck yard to significantly reduce the potential impact for truck traffic.

Expansion has been approved for the UP intermodal facility in Lathrop. It is expected to double the current workforce of 67 railroad workers to 137.

And when it is done, the regional capacity for intermodal movements will soar to 1.3 million units a year between the UP complex and the Santa Fe intermodal facility north off Manteca between Austin Road and Jack Tone Road. That is the equivalent of 3,561 truck movements a day.

The UP facility on Roth Road abuts the city limits of both Manteca and Lathrop. The railroad facility can currently handle up to 270,000 lifts or containers a year. At build-out that number will reach 730,000 lifts.

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