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Growth and Expansions in Visalia

Success Story, Hobby Lobby Hobby Lobby opened its first store in Visalia, California in 2010. Visalia experienced the best two grand opening weeks in chain history and has since settled in at very impressive numbers. Following six months of successful operations in Visalia, Hobby Lobby is pursuing a statewide expansion.
Five Guys Hamburgers is now opened at Packwood Creek next to Buffalo Bill's Wild Wings.
Sequoia Brewery to open restaurant on Main Street.
Kaweah Container, Inc., expands. The company purchased a 174,000-sq-ft plant, remodeled and equipped the facility to make corrugated boxes. The expansion included an additional 75 jobs.
Perfection Food Company Adding Warehouse
Perfection Pet Foods is expanding again seeking a permit to build a 143,225-square-foot warehouse in Visalia next to its manufacturing plant at 1111 N. Miller Park Ct. The company filed a site plan review recently with the city.
Hydrite Chemical expands. The provider of chemicals and related services expanded by 4,500 sq. ft., including a new food ingredients room, raising the roof to allow for 6,000 and 12,000 gallon stainless steel tanks and more.
An-Fo Pacifica has opened in a 46,272-sq-ft building, employing 15 people, to produce products for the dairy industry.
California Dairies, Inc., plans to add a 130-foot-tall evaporator at its Visalia plant. The new hygiene evaporator will allow the cooperative to meet the expanding demand for baby formula in China. The third tower, valued at $55 million, will be added to the current, 260,000-square-foot plant which represents an investment of $250 million. Visalia Times-Delta
Milk Specialties Global: Milk Specialties Global, one of the nation’s largest providers of high-quality milk and whey proteins, has begun production of milk protein concentrate in Visalia. Major growth categories in this market include ready-to-drink nutritional beverages, Greek yogurt, sports nutrition powders, processed cheeses, chocolates and candy.
Pacific Southwest Container is adding 50,000 square feet to its warehouse in the Visalia Industrial Park.
Hilti International is expanding its main distribution center, adding a second distribution center, and expanding its repair center. Visalia will now serve as the flagship of Hilti North America distribution.
A local dairy family has purchased 117 acres in the Visalia Industrial Park with plans to build a cheese plant.
Building permits climbed 23 percent. The number of new building permits issued so far in 2014 total 3,136, up 23% from 2013's total of 2,554. Total valuation of all permits is 8%, from $126,823,279 in 2013 to $136,544,655 in 2014. New single family homes were up 11%, multi-family home permits rose 4%, and residential additions were up 33%.
Permits for new single family homes were up 11% for the year with 280 being filed through August 31, 2014, compared to 252 in 2013.

Employee training opportunities

Employers in Visalia can take advantage of several programs that provide additional training at little or no cost. Opportunities range from training of existing employees to enhance their skills, reimbursement for the expense of training a new employee and scholarships to help residents become more employable. For details: http://www.cos.edu/trainingcenter/Pages/default.aspx

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