Inland Empire Warehouses Could Bring Big Business

Posted on July 5, 2012 · Posted in Analysis

The Inland Empire is struggling with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.   About 1 in 8 people are looking for work, compared to the national average of 1 in 12.  This year unemployment has dropped 2% in the Inland Empire, which could be attributed to the manufacturing, distribution, logistics sectors adding jobs.

Warehouses in the Inland Empire offer high-paying jobs for people with advanced degrees in computer science or with knowledge of robotics. In addition, there are plenty of entry-level jobs that pay $12 an hour or more, with the large amount of blue collar workers warehousing gives an employment opportunity to those who were previously out of work.

Distribution and manufacturing in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties is the fastest growing part of the local economy.  During the 2007 recession 4,400 jobs were added to the industry in the Inland Empire alone.

The region is projected to remain California’s fastest-growing region for some time to come.  The president of Cargo Cats Inc. said his warehousing business saw a spike in activity recently, and that his main warehousing unit is now operating at about 90 percent of capacity. “We’re going at 100 miles per hour right now,” Rojas said, standing beside ceiling-high, towering stacks of boxes in his Mira Loma, Calif. warehouse.

The Inland Empire holds the largest concentration of distribution and manufacturing space in the United State, said John Galaxidas, CEO of Synergy Real Estate Group.  We have a number of clients seeking to distribute product from China through the Port of Long Beach setting up a Western Regional Distribution Center in the Inland Empire.   Our clients include off-shore manufacturing companies such as, the largest manufacturer of florescent bulbs in the world market.

This comes with no surprise when considering the key location of Inland Empire warehouses.  Close to LAX, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles anything that is shipped and needs storage will probably visit an Inland Empire warehouse before reaching its final destination.  In fact, 42% of international goods come into Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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