Economic Notes: Fairfield attractive to US, international businessesJanuary 22 2018
By Whitney Skillman and Brian Miller
The city of Fairfield is alive with activity as new companies move in and existing companies expand and grow.
The addition of several new businesses over the past few years has resulted in a substantial reduction in vacancies. According to Economic Development Senior Project Manager Eric Dakin, Fairfield is now experiencing a vacancy rate of approximately 3 percent, the lowest in Solano County.
Outstanding water quality, affordable housing and easy access to major roadways are just a few of the reasons that make Fairfield an easy choice for both American and international businesses. In addition, Fairfield offers several business parks located throughout the city, each with its own amenities which attract like-minded businesses. From manufacturing to distribution, giants like TenCate, Jelly Belly and Anheuser-Busch render Fairfield a diverse ecosystem of industry.
On the west end of Fairfield, Green Valley Corporate Park is witnessing the near completion of the second phase of the Partnership HealthPlan of California headquarters complex, a 100,000-square-foot, three-story office building located immediately adjacent to its existing headquarters. Montessori Preschool also has plans for a new location on Business Center Drive near the Fairfield Cordelia Library. When completed, the preschool will provide a much-needed child care option to the surrounding residential and business community.
Located in the heart of wine country, Fairfield was a smart choice for GAI, one of two businesses that have recently taken up residence at the Cordelia business park.
GAI is an international company that manufactures bottling equipment for major beverage companies and specializes in highly technical and advanced bottling machinery. Its business also includes bottling equipment and solutions for wine and olive oil. While its home base is a 400,000-square-foot plant in Italy, it has selected 149 Grobric Court in Fairfield as the location of its first U.S. expansion.
ErgSol is the first U.S. company to offer solar thermal evacuated tube technology. It offers integrated solar thermal solutions which it engineers, designs, manufactures and installs. Currently, ErgSol occupies 15,000 square feet at 2260 Cordelia Road and is experiencing rapid growth.
The addition of these businesses supports the manufacturing industry that Fairfield is becoming known for.
Also contributing to a historically low vacancy rate in the business parks is the expansion of existing businesses. Jelly Belly is expanding its warehousing and distribution facility by an additional 100,000 square feet, and Berlin Packaging expanded into a 430,000-square-foot new construction building located at 2920 Cordelia Road.
On the northeast end of Fairfield, Heretic Brewery at 1052 Horizon Drive has enjoyed tremendous popularity with its craft beer, and has grown its tasting room to include a commercial kitchen and outdoor seating. Now open, Heretic continues to attract more patrons and is holding steady on its successful climb in the craft beer industry.
Formaggi Di Ferrante, located next to Heretic at 1058 Horizon Drive, is expanding its cheese production facility and recently opened a tasting room, boutique and ristorante equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven. Patrons can watch as fresh cheeses are made, while enjoying a slice of its handmade pizza or perusing the large selection of Italian-inspired meats, cheeses, wine, pastas and more.
Being in such close proximity to each other, Heretic and Formaggi Di Ferrante are the newest hotspots for Fairfield residents and visitors who are looking to try something new.
As Fairfield continues to attract a good mix of businesses, residents can look forward to the benefits of a stronger economy, including jobs and the taxes to support local services.
To keep track of the comings and goings in Fairfield, the Community Development Department webpage includes a page with recent approvals, construction projects and completed projects. Check out the website at http://www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/depts/cd/default.asp.
Economic Notes is an update from Fairfield City Hall written by Whitney Skillman, of Channel 26, Fairfield’s government access station, and Brian Miller, Fairfield’s associate planner.