Business Profile

Kern County is often referred to as “The Golden Empire,” because of its rich history of gold, oil and agricultural production. Kern is the nation’s #1 agricultural producing county and consistently ranks in the top-five petroleum-producing counties in the United States. The county is host to major freeway systems, providing access across California and beyond! Kern has become the distribution hub for some of the world’s largest companies with over 50 distribution centers. It has the largest wind and solar projects in the U.S. and is a 4 hour drive from 90% of state’s population. Kern is home to Mojave Air and Space Port, Edwards AFB, and China Lake Naval Air Weapons Center.

Top Private Employers

Company Name Number of Employees
American Honda Motor Co.
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
C&J Energy Services
Chevron Corp.
Grimmway Farms
Marko Zaninovich Inc.
Mercy Hospital Bakersfield
Rio Tinto Minerals
Robertsons Ready Mix
San Joaquin Community Hospital
State Farm Insurance
Sun Pacific
WM Bolthouse Farms, Inc.

Top Real Estate Deals of 2018-19

  • Walmart Cold Storage Distribution, 600,000 sf, 300 jobs at Wonderful Industrial Park 
  • L’Oreal USA will locate to the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center. 240,000sf, 155 Jobs. 
  • Essendant Distribution, 400,000 sf completed, 120 jobs located at the Wonderful Industrial Park, Shafter with estimated completion of March 2108. 
  • Dollar General expansion, 240,000 sf Tejon Ranch Commerce Center. 
  • DMSI-leased a 350,000 sf facility at the Wonderful Industrial Park for a 3rd Party Warehouse and Service center. 
  • American Tire Distribution built a 1,000,000 sf distribution facility at Wonderful Logistics Park in Shafter. The company had previously occupied a nearby 176,500-square-foot building. 
  • MRC expansion is complete with an 85,000 sf facility located at Wonderful Industrial Park in Shafter, with an additional 15 employees. 
  • Prime Valley Warehouse, purchased a 150,000-sf facility for a manufacturing facility, 13 employees 
  • Sun Select Produce LLC. The hydroponic farming project is located near Tehachapi and consists of 132 acres. Four greenhouses are operational with a planned 700 employees at build-out. 
  • Ross Dress for Less, expansion of 1Million sf with a total of 3Million sf at Wonderful Industrial Park 
  • Red River Intermodal, 288,000 sf a Wonderful Industrial Park, jobs 5-7 
  • The FedEx Distribution facility, completed construction on 240,000 sf facility in the Wonderful Logistics Park in Shafter with 115 employees.