Industry Overview – Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a lynchpin cluster in that it is a component of virtually all of the other regional clusters in addition to other “diversified” manufacturing companies. More than 70 percent of manufacturing jobs are associated with one of the five other target sectors. Most of this employment is in food processing and is part of the agriculture value chain. Manufacturing has generally lost employment during the past decade, although this loss occurred more slowly in the Central Valley than it did statewide. It is worth noting, though, that nearly 60 percent of the losses were in non-cluster related diversified manufacturing industries. In demand entry-level and middle skills jobs include entry level and skilled technicians, engineering and drafting specialists, maintenance mechanics welders, supply chain managers, quality control specialists and bilingual frontline supervisors.

Top Employers

Manufacturing is one of the cornerstones of the Central California economy. Studies have shown a growing number of companies are moving inland, to the areas of the Central California region, from the Southern California and Bay areas rather than moving out of state.

 

Company Name Number of Employees County
Pelco 2,200 Fresno
J.G. Boswell 1,300 Kings
Occidental Petroleum 974 Kern
U.S. Borax, Inc. 900 Kern
Racor 800 Stanislaus
Jostens 720 Tulare
Quad Graphics 600 Merced
Monrovia Nursery 500 Tulare
Sunrise Medical 450 Fresno
Verallia Glass 450 Madera

Manufacturing is one of the cornerstones of the Central California economy. Studies have shown a growing number of companies are moving inland, to the areas of the Central California region, from the Southern California and Bay areas rather than moving out of state.