Victor Valley is Open for Business

The Victor Valley rides a lower-cost location advantage to attract new investment.

By
Bill McMeekin
On Monday, January 18, 2021 - 10:09
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Businesses relocating to or expanding in Victor Valley benefit from the region's abundant advantages; among them are affordable land and labor costs, a pool of skilled talent, geographic reach and connectivity to major markets.

The region of more than 447,000 residents includes Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victor Valley. The region is located along Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and Southern California's Inland Empire. Its location in the High Desert region of San Bernardino County offers a lower-cost alternative to many Southern California locations and proximity to ocean ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Those at the start of a career or those looking to further a career will find opportunity in the Victory Valley, where key industry sectors include manufacturing, aerospace, distribution and logistics, and health care. 

A who's who of global companies have set up shop in the Victor Valley, including Boeing, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Fastenal, FedEx, General Electric, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Newell Brands, Pratt & Whitney, Red Bull and United Furniture Industries.

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Michael Conti

Leader in Logistics

The Victor Valley has developed a reputation as a logistics hub, with retailers such as Big Lots and Walmart operating major distribution facilities in Apple Valley.

The region offers significant advantages for manufacturing and logistics operations.

The Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), a cargo and aviation facility on a 2,200-acre site that was the former George Air Force Base, offers one of the nation's largest runways to accommodate widebody aircraft.

The SCLA is home to operations from a number of aerospace companies, including Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, as well as maintenance, repair and operations services, such as flight testing, aircraft painting, jet testing, aircraft parts warehousing and pilot training.

SCLA master developer Stirling Development, which in August 2018 partnered with global logistics company Prologis, Inc for SCLA development, has completed more than 4.5 million square feet of Class A industrial warehouse and distribution facilities at the site.

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Natan Vigna

Attracting New Investment 

Despite the global pandemic and its economic disruption, Victor Valley continued to attract business investment and create new jobs.

Stirling Development in 2020 announced major lease transactions at the SCLA. 

Boeing is leasing more than 60,000 square feet in the complex, where it will complete machine tooling for its aircraft maintenance programs that had been done at its operations in Orange County.

United Furniture Industries, a maker of bonded leather and upholstery fabric recliners, sofas, recliners, loveseats and sectionals, renewed its lease for 505,000 square feet of manufacturing space in the complex, where it has been located since 2011. And aviation management company ComAv Asset Management renewed its lease for six years at the site.

"With an eager, local workforce, flexible solutions and significant room for tenants to expand operations within the park, our client base has been able to successfully position themselves for future growth and leverage the opportunities that the High Desert offers," says Anita Tuckerman, Stirling Developments' vice president of asset services & corporate relations.

If you'd like to learn more about the Victor Valley area, check out the latest edition of Victor Valley Economic Development.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A graduate of Saint Bonaventure University, Bill is a veteran business journalist, editor and publisher.