Made in Visalia
Manufacturers in Visalia design and produce a variety of products, with the help of a loyal workforce, affordable land and development costs and a willing city government.
Products made in Visalia range from massive screw conveyors, Starbucks cups and food safety chemicals, to doors and windows and highly automated, robotic packaging technology.
A $1.1 billion industry
Among private sector employers in Tulare County, manufacturing ranks slightly behind agriculture and health care in employment, generating 11,000 jobs and a Gross Regional Output of over $1.1 billion. Manufacturing had higher gross exports than agriculture in 2010, according to EMSI.
“We have employees who have been with us an average of 15 to 20 years. Our turnover is very low. We have seasonal, part-time employees who return year after year – trained and ready to go.”
Norris McElroy, Kawneer Company
“Although environmental controls can be a hindrance to manufacturing in the Central Valley, we felt that the advantages of being in Visalia outweighed those issues, which is why we chose to expand here.”
Tom Anderson, Blue Scope Buildings
“California is a more costly place to do business, but the lower cost of living in Visalia and good labor availability is important, and our customer base is here.”
Randy Smith, Screw Conveyor Corp.