The City of Visalia’s Central California location provides businesses with a tremendous advantage when it comes to manufacturing and distribution. With its close proximity to both State Highways 99 and 198, Visalia is nearly equal distance from the ports of San Francisco and Oakland to the north, as it is to Long Beach and San Pedro to the south making it the ideal location for corporations who do a large amount of business between these ports. This advantageous positioning has allowed a large number of companies to effectively ship to six states: California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona within one day primarily through Visalia’s UPS and FedEx facilities, the airport, trucking & by way of rail. Capitalizing on this strategic location, Visalia has devoted more than 1,500 acres of the northwestern portion of the city to support industrial growth and employment. Geographically, the Visalia Industrial Park (VIP) is generally defined as extending from Shirk Street to State Highway 99 (east-west) and Riggin Avenue to Highway 198 (north-south).
Transportation improvements in and around the VIP have been made and more are underway with hundreds of millions of dollars invested. Highway 99 is being expanded from the Fresno County line to Visalia to support 3 lanes in each direction. Highway 198, between Visalia and Hanford is being expanded to support two lanes in each direction. The VIP is undergoing interchange improvements at Highway 198 heading northwest to Dinuba to support increased traffic. Betty Drive has been upgraded, as well as Riggin Road, to support easier access to Highway 99. These transportation improvements are making it easier for transport of goods and services and access by employees. Visalia's Industrial Park is the most successful and accessible industrial park between Fresno and Bakersfield.
For more information, please contact the City of Visalia’s Economic Development Manager Devon Jones:
Economic Development Manager
425 E Oak Street, Suite 301
Visalia, CA 93291
DDG to Develop 400,000 SF of New Industrial Space: Developer John Brelsford states, "This will be the first new buildings in either Visalia or our Fresno properties that we have undertaken in five years."
Water Conservation Plant: The City of Visalia WCP operates under a discharge permit issued by the SWRCB and administered by the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB, or Regional Board) in Fresno. Upon renewal of the discharge permit in September 2006, the City began work to upgrade the WCP to comply with more stringent requirement of the RWQCB.
Dairy Processor Purchases Midstate 99 property: The DeJong family has completed the purchase of 117 acres in the Industrial Park and plans for a cheese plant will be developed over the next year.
OnTrac Expansion: OnTrac’s overnight package delivery has made its 90,000 sq. ft. facility a new home in Visalia’s Industrial Park. Consolidating the existing Visalia, Fresno, and Kettleman City operations under a single roof and will be OnTrac's largest facility in the Central Valley.
This business district consists of two zones that serve to differentiate between light and heavy industry. Zone 1 is designated for light industry. Companies that fit within the light industry profile and are ones with low levels of research and development, warehousing and limited manufacturing activities. Examples of Zone 1 businesses are those that specialize in production processing, assembling, and packaging, treatment of food products from previously processed materials or finished products from previously prepared materials. Zone 2 is authorized for heavy industry corporations that are involved in the manufacturing, processing, or assembling of semi-finished or finished products from raw materials.
Plaza Business Park:
A new major development project continues to expand in the Industrial Park area, "Plaza Business Park". It is located between Hurley Avenue and Crowley Drive, the Plaza Business Park represents an approximately 38 acre, mixed-use center that will include offices, a sit-down restaurant, several fast-food establishments, retail businesses, service station, hotel, and the Visalia campus of the Fresno Pacific University. The Plaza Business Park will accommodate more than 5,000 employees, Fresno Pacific staff and students, and motorist who frequent Visalia’s Industrial Park daily. There is still office, retail, and fast food restaurants space available for purchase or a space can be built to suit a business. This project stands to improve the area by providing an attractive new entrance to the business district, provide new jobs, and reduce commute-hour traffic conditions by widening the roads and adding a traffic signal.
Gateway Business Park:
The City approved a conditional use permit for the establishments of a new multi-use business park at the southeast corner of Plaza Drive and Crowley Avenue. The development will include nine parcels in the 13.68-acre site. The project phasing will be established upon demand for use.
Visalia Economic Development Corporation
Economic Development Corporation of Tulare County
Tulare County Workforce Investment Board
California Water Service Company
Southern California Edison
SoCal Gas Company
Fathom – Utility Billing
Industrial Park Real Estate Partners: