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Industrial Park

The most successful industrial park located between Fresno and Bakersfield continues to expand with more than $400 million in road improvements underway; water capacity expanding and a major sewer treatment plant expansion gearing up for 2012.

Recent additions and expansions include:

VWR, a distributor of medical equipment, chose Visalia as home to its new 500,000-square-foot west coast distribution center. The new facility is under construction with plans to open in 2012.

The west coast distribution center is in the process of adding a new mezzanine with 45,000sf of space to support its new line of sportswear. "VF Corporation is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel including jeans wear, outdoor products, image apparel, sportswear and contemporary brands."

The company expanded and relocated to the diversified development groups, Plaza Drive Industrial Center and is occupying almost 100k sf. "MWI is one of the largest veterinary disrtibutors in the United State. Our national sales force of more than 180 Outside Sales Representatives and Specialists is complemented by an inside telesales team of more than 135 people."

"Today. EdeniQ delivers a range of solutions that help biofuels producers reduce operating costs, increase profits, enhance sustainability, and reduce their environmental footprints. Soon, EdeniQ's research scientists will enable biofuels producers to economically convert a wide range of non-food biomass into affordable, clean fuels and materials. Making bio-sustainable commodities from agricultural wastes such as corn stover, sugarcane bagasse, rice straw, and woodchips takes the controversy out of biofuels and puts the green- and the humanity- in" (www.edeniq.com). The company was also the recipient of a $20 million US Energy Grant to further its research in 2011.

Goshen based Western Milling purchased a former manufacturing plant and will open a new dog and cat food processing plant in 2012.

Hydrite Corp., a Wisconsin-based chemical and agricultural support company seeking a presence in Central California, chose to purchase an existing chemical company and plans to expand. Hydrite was attracted to Visalia in part by the existing food processing companies.

The Industrial Park continues to offer excellent opportunities for expanding industry with attractive land prices, excellent freeway access,  readily available workforce, overnight delivery to 1/3 of the U.S. and centrally located between the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and southern California markets. For interest in development opportunities, please call Mike Olmos, Assistant City Manager at 559/713-4332 or molmos@ci.visalia.ca.us.

For information on current activities in the industrial park, please go to:

-         Transportation Improvements
-                  Zoning
-         Circulation Map

Industrial Opportunities

  • Recent Employers and Development Opportunities

    MidState 99 Distribution Center:

    GIANT MEDICAL DEVICE DISTRIBUTION CENTER SET TO OPEN 500,000 SF FACILITY IN 2012:

    VWR International, LLC to Open New Distribution Facility in Central California

    Global Distributor secures property in Visalia

    PHILADELPHIA, August 19, 2010 - VWR International, LLC announced today that the company will build a new facility in Visalia, Calif. The location, approximately 500,000 square feet in size, will enhance VWR's distribution network and continue to provide a productive supply chain solution for the Western United States.

    The facility, expected to be operational in 2012, will assure VWR's ability to provide seamless customer service to the company's current and expanding customer base. "We realize that our success stems from placing our customers and suppliers as our top priority and then providing the right resources, processes and tools to get the work done," stated Matt Malenfant, SVP and President of North America, Lab Distribution and Services. "VWR is building the processes and systems needed to support our business and ensure operational excellence."

    "Selecting a location for a new West Coast distribution center was the result of careful review of many factors; it was critical that the new site be strategically located to enhance current and future customer service needs," said John Ballbach, Chairman, President and CEO of VWR. "In addition, it will also provide a great setting for our associates to work and live."

    "The Visalia City Council, staff and community are extremely pleased that VWR has selected Visalia for the location of its new major distribution facility," said Bob Link, Mayor of the City of Visalia. "VWR's investment will bring many high-quality jobs to Visalia and will have a positive long-term impact on our local economy. We warmly welcome VWR to our community and look forward to a strong working relationship for many years to come."

    About VWR International, LLC
    VWR International, LLC, headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is a global laboratory supply and distribution company with worldwide sales in excess of $3.5 billion in 2009. VWR enables the advancement of the world's most critical research through the distribution of a highly diversified product line to most of the world's top pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as industrial, educational, and governmental organizations. With 150 years of industry experience, VWR offers a well-established distribution network that reaches thousands of specialized labs and facilities spanning the globe. VWR has over 6,500 associates around the world working to streamline the way researchers across North America, Europe, and Asia stock and maintain their labs. In addition, VWR further supports its customers by providing onsite services, storeroom management, product procurement, supply chain systems integration, and technical services.

    For more information on VWR International
    phone 1-800-932-5000
    visit www.vwr.com,
    or write
    VWR International, LLC.
    1310 Goshen Parkway, P.O. Box 2656

    West Chester
    , PA 19380-0906
    .
    VWR and design are registered trademarks of VWR International, LLC.

    Background

    The city of Visalia’s Central California location provides businesses with a tremendous resource 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 facility, the airport, trucking & by way of rail. Seizing this geographical location, Visalia has devoted more than 1,500 acres of the northwestern portion of the city to support industrial growth and employment. Geographically, the Industrial Park is generally defined as extending from Shirk Street to State Highway 99 (east-west) and Riggin Avenue to Highway 99 (north-south).

    Transportation improvements in and around the Industrial Park 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 Industrial Park is undergoing interchange improvements at Highway 198 heading northwest to Dinuba to support increased traffic.  Betty Drive is being 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.
      

    Major Employers

    Visalia's Industrial Park includes both large and small employees and manufacturers, distributors, assemblers and high-tech companies.  Some major employers include:

    VF Industries:  International distributor  of sports wear to the western U.S. and occupies a 900,000 s.f. distribution center

    Jo Ann Fabrics:  West Coast distribution, owns and occupies a 600,000k distribution center.

    Jostens: Create personalized class rings, school yearbooks, photo books, photo gifts,
    graduation announcements & jewelry for college, high school, hobbies, & sports.

    International Paper: "International Paper is a global leader in the paper and packaging industry with manufacturing operation in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and North Africa."

    Serpa Packaging Solutions:  “Serpa Packaging Solutions is a dynamic manufacturer of high-quality vertical and horizontal balcony cartoners, side load and top load balcony case packers, and tray packers."

    BlueScope Steel: “BlueScope Steel specialize in the production of flat steel products, including slab, hot rolled coil, cold rolled coil, plate and value-added metallic coated and painted steel solutions."

    Sequoia Beverage Co.:   The Visalia Plant distributes Anheuser-Busch products on a wholesale basis to various retail outlets throughout Tulare and Kings counties.

    American Inc.:   “American Inc. serves a variety of industries throughout California and Nevada with their professional construction services that include all aspects of: Planning, Engineering, Design Coordination, Construction, and Service Maintenance.”

    Zoning

    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 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.

     Business Research Park:

    A new major development project continues to expand in the Industrial Park area, "Business Research 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 nune parcels in the 13.68-acre site. The project phasing will be established upon demand for use.

    Real Estate Trends:

    Visalia is home to the most successful industrial park, between Fresno and Bakersfield, which includes several nationally recognized companies such as VF Outdoors, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Cal Dairies, and California Pretzel Company Inc. The district includes more than 100 employers and more than 5,000 jobs. Despite the economic challenges both locally and nationally, Visalia’s unique location along Highway 99 and strategic location between the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California region makes it the premiere location for companies seeking to service the entire state. Plenty of developable vacant land which is affordable; affordable priced housing with good schools, makes Visalia an ideal place for companies to locate. For further information on available property please go to the following websites; Burr, Allen Group, Grubb & Ellis, Joe Picket, Whitlatch, MSJ Properties, Diversified, and Zeeb. 


    Links

    Fresno/Tulare County 2011 Forecast

    California Water Service Company

    Tulare County Economic Development Company

    Tulare County Workforce Investment Board

    Visalia Economic Development Corporation

    Industrial Park Real Estate Companies

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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