Leading furniture designer CEO calls Stockton site a "tremendous opportunity" Solutions    Lifestyle Solutions Inc. has announced the acquisition of a ±165,474 square foot warehouse/distribution space situated on approximately 10.15 acres and located in the Airport Gateway Center at 834 Performance Drive, Stockton, California.     The new facility will employ about 50 people.      The buyer, LS Auto Mall Development, Inc., dba Lifestyle Solutions (www.lifestylesolutions.com), a leading manufacturer of furniture for "the metropolitan home," purchased the warehouse/distribution facility from US Cactus Stockton, LLC.    Lifestyle Solutions is headquartered in Northern California and owns a ±177,041 square foot building in Fremont. Lifestyle Solutions' new warehouse is state of the art featuring the latest ESFR fire suppression system, 32' interior clear height, 34 dock-high doors, 4 grade-level doors, full video surveillance, etc. The warehouse is in close proximity to BNSF & Union Pacific Railroad Intermodal facilities.     Lifestyle Solutions CEO, Sean Pathiratne is thrilled to expand his business to Stockton, CA as it "offers tremendous opportunity for logistics due to it being close to the Intermodal Railroad systems".     Lifestyle Solutions has remained on the cutting edge of design and functionality for 23 years. Driven by innovation, they are continually inspired by the evolution of modern, urban lifestyles. Originally founded on convertible furniture, they have grown to offer diverse collections for the entire home. Lifestyle Solutions distributes to Costco, Walmart, Target, Sleep Country and Mattress Discounters. Visit www.lifestylesolutions.com for more information.   Lifestyle is working with  Haggerty Construction, a San Joaquin Partnership Investor, on tenant improvements.     Partners in this location include the City of Stockton Economic Development and Community Development departments, and Michael Goldstein, a broker with Colliers International, a San Joaquin Partnership Investor. 

TEC Equipment, Inc. has chosen the City of Lathrop, CA (San Joaquin USA) for the latest expansion of its full-service truck dealership.     This first-class Lathrop facility will be one of TEC's 23 locations in Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California, serving a population base of more than 32 million people. TEC Equipment's truck franchises include Volvo, Mack heavy-duty trucks, Hino and Isuzu medium-duty, and GMC light-duty commercial trucks.    Founded in 1976 by David A. Thompson, TEC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and is the largest multi-point dealership group on the West Coast. This past June, TEC acquired the Wabash trailer franchises for all of Oregon, Washington and California.    The Lathrop TEC facility is on more than 24 acres with 47,000 square feet of building. At full operation, they plan to employ 50+ workers. The facility will house refrigerated, dry van and flatbed trailer sales in addition to used truck sales. They will have expanded parts inventories between $1.5 to $2.0 million as well as truck and trailer inventories above $5 million. Coupled with its existing truck and trailer leasing business, full truck and trailer shop services, TEC Equipment will offer a one-stop shopping for the trucking customer.    "We are very excited to be entering this market, and we look forward to continuing a good relationship with the City of Lathrop, which, through the guidance of Matt Browne in Community Development-Building Division, has been very responsive to work with in fast-tracking our facility remodel," said TEC founder David Thompson.    "On behalf of the City of Lathrop, I want to thank TEC Equipemtn, Inc. for choosing Lathrop for their latest business expansion.  We are exceptionally grateful to be chosen and we look forward to the job opportunities and economic benefits that this project will bring to our community," said Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal.    "San Joaquin USA has become a multi-modal hub for moving raw materials and goods throughout the Western U.S. Because of our regions proximity to large population centers of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and Sacramento Valley, large distribution and e-fulfillment centers are attracted to our community. It is a natural fit for TEC to locate its truck equipment sells where the action takes place," said Shelley Burcham, CEcD, Vice President, Client Services, of the San Joaquin Partnership.    The San Joaquin Partnership would like to thank its many partners that teamed to assist TEC Equipment, Inc. in choosing a location in San Joaquin County. These include staff at the City of Lathrop, San Joaquin County Environmental Health Department, Skip Vanderbundt & John Fondale - Cornish & Carey Newmark Knight Frank (Sacramento) representing the client and Mark Reckers (Lee & Associates) representing the property owner.

Ecologic Brands, the makers of America's first molded paper bottle, has opened a 58,800 SF manufacturing facility in Manteca, hiring 30 new employees. Ecologic recycles old cardboard and newspapers into a molded paper bottle integrated with a thin inner pouch, made with 70% less plastic than traditional plastic bottles. Both the bottle and pouch are recyclable. The bottles are used around the world. The company will be producing 60 million bottles a year in Manteca   Ecologic officials publicly acknowledged the City of Manteca's Economic Development and Community Development Departments at the Grand Opening last July. The San Joaquin Partnership assisted in site location, incentive analysis and permit assistance. Tyson Vallenari, a broker with CBRE represented Ecologic Brands and Jim Martin, a broker with Lee & Associates represented the building owner.  

The Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Tracy, CA opened last October. Amazon opened two weeks ahead of schedule with 300 workers and added 300 more employees each week until November. Among them are 70 managers and 60 hourly workers who already Amazon Tracy Fulfillment Centerworked for the Seattle-based online retailer and moved to the Tracy facility to open it up. According to Kul Sharma, an engineer for the city of Tracy, the construction completion was on an "aggressive timetable." He said the city sped the process by working "hand-in-hand" with Prologis, the company developing the site for Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. Sharma said the city building department has worked directly with Prologis, providing prompt review of construction and keeping inspectors at the site who are dedicated to the project. The San Joaquin Partnership assisted with the project.

Community Fuels, a biodiesel refinery and terminal at the Port of Stockton expanded its production capacity from 13 million to 73 million gallons per year. It also expanded its loading hours to include Saturday and Sunday, making biodiesel loading to tank truck, rail car and shipping container available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Community Fuels started its operations at the Port in 2008. It is one of the largest biodiesel production facilities in California. The Partnership assisted by providing information and demographics for Community Fuels' grant application that funded the expanded production.

ECS Refining bought a 262,000 square foot former auto parts manufacturing plant in Stockton and converted it into its Western Regional processing plant that handles everything from computers to a variety of electronic waste. The facility is capable of processing more than 25 million pounds of materials monthly, handling electronic waste from customers in five western states. ECS employs 120 employees and expects to ramp up to 200 at full production. Broker representation was Michael Goldstein from Colliers lnternational and Tyson Vallenari from CB Richard Ellis. The Partnership assisted with incentives information and permitting, as well as human resources services.

Feralloy Pyramid Structural Solutions, a joint venture, combined expertise to design and develop standard and/or propriety solar mounting systems for large-scale utility and commercial projects on a regional and national scale. Primary manufacturing will be at the Ferralloy Western Division facility in Stockton's Airport Gateway Business Park, a Panattoni Development. Partnership services included wage data, direct company wage survey facilitation, and identification of incentives including the San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone.

Gavilon, LLC is constructing an edible oil processing, transloading and storage facility at the Port of Stockton. They have partnered with Wilmar International Limited, Asia's leading agribusiness company, to import and process palm, coconut and palm kernel oils to serve the West Coast markets. The 20,000 square foot facility on ten acres is expected to be operational by 2013 and will employ 20 people. The Partnership provided incentives information including the San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone and the Foreign Trade Zone as well as permit assistance and development fee estimates.

SCAFCO will be opening a 42,000 square foot steel stud fabrication facility in Stockton, employing 50 people. SCAFCO Corporation has two divisions: Grain Systems has been manufacturing and designing complete grain storage silo projects for over fifty years and SCAFCO Steel Stud Manufacturing Company produces a complete selection of steel framing products including studs, shaft wall studs, resilient channel and all other steel framing products used in light gauge metal framing. Broker representation was Jason Ovadia of Jones Lang La Salle. Services provided by the Partnership were site location, demographics, incentive and financing information as well as human resource assistance.

A large distribution company, project # 1624,081 acquired a 750,000 square foot building in Stockton's Arch Road Logistics Center in May of 2008. It will be used to supply more than 100 planned retail outlets throughout the West Coast. Once the building is occupied, the company anticipates having 700 employees. Broker representation was Tyson Vallenari with CB Richard Ellis. The San Joaquin Partnership provided extensive services including incentive analysis, utility information and development fee analysis.