Business Profile

Merced County is the proud home of a number of emerging technology, renewable energy, food processing, agriculture, and manufacturing companies which include Foster Farms, Hilmar Cheese, E&J Gallo Winery, as well as Google, who leases 90+ acres at the Mid-California International Trade District (MCITD) at Castle Commerce Center to advance their self-driving vehicle technology. The MCITD is, an innovative 2,000-acre multimodal industrial manufacturing and logistics hub designed to house about 8 million square feet of modern industrial development, which is transforming the former Castle Air Force military base, into a state-of-the-art master planned business environment for global business. With easy highway connectivity via State Route 99 and Interstate 5, as well as close proximity to major cargo airports, seaports and the nation's two largest railroads, BNSF and Union Pacific, Merced County is well positioned to meet all logistics requirements throughout California and the Pacific Rim.

Top Employers

Company Name Number of Employees
E & J Gallo Winery
Hilmar Cheese Company
Dole Frozen Foods
Morning Star Packing
John B. Sanfilippo & Son
KODA Farms
Scholle Corporation
Sensient Dehydrated Flavors
Save Mart Supermarkets
Teasdale Quality Foods
University of California, Merced
Merced College

Top Real Estate Deals 2017-18

  • Google now leases more than 90 acres of land at Castle Commerce Center as they advance their company’s self-driving car technology.
  • Castle Commerce Center, a former Air Force Base, continues to find success with privatization as a dozen private property sales have taken place on site in the past 12 months.  Castle also now generates well in excess of $2 million in annual lease revenues.
  • Frontier Renewables is developing a 2,000-acre solar project in western Merced County and is expected to employ 325people over its construction period and invest approximately $175 million in total economic output.
  • The University of California, Merced received approval from the University of California, Board of Regents to move forward with its 2020 project, a mixed-use, master planned development to be built on a 219 acres.  This project is expected to create 10,800 new construction jobs in the region and inject $1.9 billion into the regional economy.
  • Ideal Environmental Products & Services purchased 10 acres in Los Banos and will be utilizing an existing 36,000 square foot structure for manufacturing and selling the Chem-Stor product line of prefabricated metal buildings and platforms.  They are one of the top 5 suppliers nationwide of this product and anticipate hiring 40-50 new employees.