Access to the Visalia Industrial Park is now improved
thanks to a $132 million investment in infrastructure.
The project includes a widened bridge overcrossing State Route
198 and improved on- and off ramps. New auxiliary lanes on both
sides of 198 allow traffic to more quickly access State Route 99.
Plaza Drive is now widened with signals and median and the corridor
is now improved with four lanes from Visalia to Dinuba.
A separate project resulted in a grade separation and widening
of Betty Drive/Riggin Avenue to improve access to the Visalia Industrial Park directly from State Route 99.
Get the goods on Visalia, and get your product to market faster.
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 Foods expands. The company added a 13,125-st-ft packaging storage building and a 15,460-sq-ft ingredients storage building. 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.
• California Dairies, Inc., plans to add a 130-foot-tall evaporator at its Visalia plant. The new 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. Major growth categories in this market include ready-to-drink nutritional beverages, Greek yogurt, sports nutrition powders, processed cheeses, chocolates and candy.
Visalia climbed 69 spots in a national ranking of best-performing cities, analyzing job, wage and salary, and technology growth.
The Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area is ranked eighth in the list of “Biggest Gainers” for its jump from the 2012 rank of 168 to the 2013 rank of 99. The Best-Performing Cities report is published by the Milken Institute.
Visalia’s Water Conservation Plant will be the largest public works project in the City’s history. Estimated construction cost is in excess of $92 million. The upgrade will allow for recycled water for crop irrigation and use at Plaza Park and Valley Oaks Golf Course.
A SMART BUSINESS MOVE
There are many reasons companies base their businesses in Visalia or set up West Coast distribution centers here. Check out the top 10 reasons why Visalia is right for you.
Visalia offers an abundant labor force, strong work ethic, affordable housing, good schools, focus on family and a convenient central location, with San Francisco and Sacramento to the north and Los Angeles to the south.