United Furniture Industries to add 400 jobs in Victorville Southern CA
VICTORVILLE, Calif., Sep 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Over the next 36 to 48 months, approximately 400 new jobs will be created in Victorville, Calif. This is being made possible through the lease Stirling Capital Investments secured with United Furniture Industries (UFI), a manufacturer of furniture that is sold primarily under the Simmons brand name. UFI will occupy a 505,192-square-foot industrial facility at the Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC) in November 2011. The 1 million-square-foot building was built in 2009 in a strategic move to attract businesses like UFI that need space more quickly than the ground-up development process.
“We are thrilled to be adding a significant number of jobs to the Victor Valley. Over a 12-month period, more than 500 jobs have been created at SCLC, giving a nice boost to the regional economy,” said Brian Parno, chief operating officer of Stirling Development, the managing partner of Stirling Capital Investments. “Many large companies are making SCLC their West Coast home, which says a lot about how they value the positive business environment and infrastructure offered here. We have made a significant investment in the community, and it is satisfying to witness the transformation of the region.”
UFI, a Mississippi-based company, has signed an agreement that will position the company with a West Coast manufacturing and distribution facility to better serve Southern California and Western U.S. markets. The firm plans to immediately hire 100 people and grow to approximately 400 employees within the next 36 to 48 months.
“UFI will begin the process of local staff development in mid October. We plan to complete a soft opening of manufacturing and distribution operations in November. We expect our employment to exceed 100 people early in the first quarter of 2012,” said Bob Cottam, spokesperson for UFI.
The County of San Bernardino’s Department of Workforce Development will assist UFI in the hiring process. A job fair will be advertised in the local press in October. Additionally, UFI has hired a private consultant from the region to aid the firm during this hiring and staffing process, and develop a productive workforce in the High Desert.
Cottam further stated, “UFI has a history of making every effort possible to procure goods and services in the local communities where we have a manufacturing presence. We are excited about the prospects for our success in the Western United States and this new facility in the California High Desert. From day one, when our team arrived in Victorville, to evaluate the region and the SCLC complex, the City and County were most accommodating and helpful in their advice and guidance.”
“UFI conducted an exhaustive search throughout the six western states and chose Victorville, Calif., for its home due to the quality of available space, attractive workforce, a pro-business atmosphere and the proximity to major West Coast markets from California’s High Desert,” said Cottam.
Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR of the Bradco Companies represented UFI in the transaction. Stirling was represented by Jay Dick and Mark Latimer of CB Richard Ellis.
The UFI commitment follows in a trend of recent leasing activity at SCLC. To date in 2011, leases have encompassed more than 1,078,000 square feet with companies including a major confectionary company, Sparkletts(R) Water, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Southern California Aviation (SCA). These companies join an extensive roster of companies located in the High Desert that includes Boeing, GE, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, ConAgra Foods, Plastipak and Goodyear.
SCLC is master planned for 60 million square feet of commercial and industrial development and is undergoing a 6.5 million-square-foot first phase. Approximately 3 million square feet has been constructed to date.
SOURCE: Stirling Capital Investments
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