Business Overview

Solano is quickly emerging as a location of choice for industries seeking to scale outside of San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley while staying in proximity to Bay Area clients and vendors. Operating costs are 15-20% less, and industrial space is as much to 40% less, with plenty of space ready to go.

Currently, more people commute out of the county than in, meaning there is a built-in supply of labor ready to be tapped, as well as a large regional labor force in this Bay Area location.

Business Activity

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Business Activity - Employers Activities
New to the Area (in last 2 years)
Icon Aircraft, Vacaville, CA
Just Desserts, Fairfield, CA
Gotham Greens, Solano County, CA
Thistle, Vacaville, CA
Downsizing / Closure
Save Mart Distribution Center
Source: Solano EDC, August 2016

Leading Employers

Based on our research, industry clusters to watch, due to their high location quotient and supply chain, include Advanced Manufacturing, Biotech & Biomedical, Food & Beverage, and Logistics. Another area to watch is defense related business, as Travis AFB is our largest single employer. Each cluster is profiled in Key Industries.

Major Employers - Food & Beverage
Employer Industry Sector
Jelly Belly Candy Company Candy Manufacturer
Mariani Packing Company Crop Packaging Manufacturer
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Superior Farms Company Meat Packing Manufacturers
Guittard Chocolate Chocolate Manufacturers
Valley Fine Food Inc. Frozen Food Manufacturers


Major Employers - Manufacturing
Employer Industry Sector
Valero Refining Company – California Petroleum Refinery
Meyer Cookware Cookware Manufacturing
M & G DuraVent Pellet Stove Manufacturing
UTC Aerospace Systems Aerospace Components Manufacturing
Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. Granite Products Manufacturing
Petrochem Insulation Insulation Manufacturing


Major Employers – Life Sciences
Employer Industry Sector
Genentech Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Analytical Instruments Manufacturing
Novici Biotech Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Pharmaceutical Instruments Manufacturing
Muri Genics Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
HemoStat Lab Blood Products Production


Major Employers - Non-Traded Sector
Employer Industry Sector
Kaiser Permanente (Vallejo) Healthcare
Kaiser Permanente (Vacaville) Healthcare
NorthBay Healthcare System & VacaValley Hospital Healthcare
Sutter Fairfield Medical Campus Healthcare
Travis Credit Union Credit Union Services
Touro University Education