Business Profile

Tulare County is a leader in agricultural production in the U.S. with annual values of over $7B and exports to more than 89 countries.  As the largest dairy production region in the nation we supply milk to make “Real California Cheese” along with other valued products sold throughout the world. We are home to major manufacturing/food companies, including BlueScope Buildings N.A., Jostens, Voltage Multipliers, International Paper, Sonoco, Green Power Bus, Land O’Lakes, Saputo Cheese, Kraft Foods, Nestles’, Ruiz Foods, and AFPLLC.  The county is recognized as a distribution/logistics hub for Fortune 500 companies serving California and the Western U.S.,including Best Buy, WalMart, JoAnn Stores, VWR, VF Corp., Merck, Patterson Logistics and U.S. Cold Storage. Centrally located we provide access to over 95 million customers with overnight shipping through UPS, FedEx, DHL, GSO and OnTrac.

Top Employers

Company Name Number of Employees
Kaweah Delta Health Care 2,000
Sierra View District Hospital 1,800
Walmart Distribution 1,692
College of the Sequoias 1,160
Jostens 720
Cigna Health Care 700
Monrovia Nursery 600
VF Outdoor Inc. 400
Blue Scope Steel, Butler Manufacturing 300
NDS Inc 300
International Paper 300
Best Buy West Coast DC 260
Beckman Coulter, Inc. 230
Kawneer 200

Top Real Estate Deals of 2018-19

  • GreenPower Motor Company plans to triple its production capacity and has leased another 50,000 square feet in the city of Porterville as a manufacturing and assembly center for their zero-emission, all electric buses. 
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) is moving forward on its plans to build a new 425,000 square foot Central Valley regional hub facility in Visalia on land purchased from developer Central California Logistics Center. 
  • Hilti Inc. a power toolmaker is expanding into a new 166,000 square foot warehouse in Visalia just built by DDG, Inc.
  • Vegalab, Inc. an international crop protection company recently acquired a 260,000 square foot packing house in the city of Lindsay. The company began operations in December 2018 and will employ up to 90 employees within the next 6 months.
  • Sundale Vineyards in Tulare County announced it will expand its plant by 200,000 square feet and expects to hire 200 additional workers. 
  • Germany-based pharmaceutical company Merck announced it will occupy a 123,332 square foot logistics and research center in Visalia. The new facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. 
  • BRANDT recently opened a 42,000-sf production facility for specialty formulations in Tulare County. The new location will expand production capabilities, serve as another hub for formulation development and testing, and house BRANDT Hydrology water quality analysis. 
  • Foster Farms has built an organic poultry feed mill in the Traver area of Tulare County and will construct 48 growing houses at five chicken-raising operations.