Manufacturing Industry in Victorville, CA
Bill Scott was looking for a business- and family-friendly location in the early 1990s, and he found that and more in Victor Valley, Calif. The owner of Scott Turbon Mixer Co. was able to find the ideal location in Adelanto, where his business costs are lower and his family can flourish.
“It’s a very business-friendly environment here that has allowed us to grow and prosper,” says Scott, who moved to Victor Valley from Los Angeles along with 25 workers and their families when the company’s new facility opened in 1995. Scott Turbon Mixer, which makes stainless steel mixers and mixing systems for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, personal care and chemical industries worldwide, has 50 employees in the 25,000-square-foot facility.
Scott says the location is ideal from a business and quality of life perspective. Victor Valley is located near major interstate highways, with easy access to major California and western U.S. markets. The location is also ideal for recreation activities with the Pacific Ocean less than 90 minutes away and beautiful mountain and desert areas even closer.
High Desert Affordability a Hit With Business
Victor Valley’s affordable housing and business costs and abundant water supply position it well for business and residential growth for years to come. The BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railroad has major lines through the region which has Interstate 15 running through it and close proximity to Interstates 40 and 10.
“It’s an affordable place to live and work,” says Scott. “Building and land costs are much less than anywhere in Southern California.”
Scott’s story is repeated scores of times with manufacturers, both large and small, relocating to Victor Valley.
“We have been very entrepreneurial with our economic development strategy,” says Keith Metzler, assistant city manager for the city of Victorville.
For example, the city built a large capacity wastewater treatment plant, as well as other infrastructure improvements, to attract companies to the area, particularly food and beverage manufacturers. That strategy paid off recently when Dr Pepper/Snapple decided to build a $120 million facility employing 200 people.
“We have extra capacity to bring in even more companies like that,” says Metzler.
Business Flocks to SCLA Complex
Metzler is also assistant director of the Southern California Logistics Airport, one of the major economic drivers in the High Desert Region.
SCLA is located on the site of a former U.S. Air Force base which has been transformed into a multimodal distribution hub. SCLA is a dedicated logistics and industrial park on 5,000 acres. With modern airport, rail and close proximity to major highways, SCLA is a prime hub for companies to efficiently move goods to U.S. and international destinations.
Over the past several years, aviation, food and beverage, and distribution companies have been attracted to the site. Its industrial tenants include Dr Pepper/Snapple Group, Newell Rubbermaid and Plastipak. Aviation tenants include General Electric Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney, Leading Edge Aviation Services, The Boeing Company and Pacific Aviation Services.
One of the newest tenants is United Furniture Industries, which moved into an existing building at the SCLA development and plans to employ more than 400 workers. The company will make and ship sofas, recliners and sectionals under the Simmons brand. UFI officials say they chose the Victorville location after an exhaustive search and made their decision largely based on the community’s “probusiness atmosphere” and the proximity to major West Coast markets from California’s high desert.
Victorville’s Foxborough Industrial Park has 233 acres of land for development. Major tenants at the park include Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., M&M/Mars and ConAgra Foods. Like any new, growing area, there is always a huge demand for skilled workers. A number of manufacturers like Scott Turbon Mixer are partnering with local high schools and colleges to attract, train and recruit qualified workers.
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