Job numbers on Mare Island hit all-time high, developer saysAugust 17 2017
By Times-Herald staff report
Posted: 08/16/17, 4:30 PM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago
The number of jobs on Mare Island has grown to its highest level since the base’s closure, with more than 100 new full-time jobs added in the first half of 2017, according to Lennar Mare Island’s (LMI) July 2017 jobs survey.
There are now more than 2,500 jobs on the island, with more than 110 businesses occupying more than 3.6 million square feet of space, spokesman Ed Moser said.
Mare Island’s job growth came primarily from the expansion of existing office and industrial businesses, including Film Mare Island and Mare Island Dry Dock and new businesses like Factory_OS and Moose Boats, he said.
LMI facilitates business growth on Mare Island by investing millions of dollars every year to enhance infrastructure, upgrade buildings and conduct ongoing tenant improvements to attract new businesses and help existing businesses expand, Moser said.
“Lennar Mare Island works hard to attract new businesses to our unique location and to make sure our existing businesses have the flexibility to grow and succeed,” Moser said. “We are excited to be contributing to Vallejo’s economy and to see this new high water mark for Mare Island jobs.”
Mare Island Brewing Company and the Savage & Cooke whiskey distillery are also scheduled to open later this year, and homebuilding has resumed on the island, he said.
Besides the jobs counted in the survey, there are hundreds of construction workers, contractors and subcontractors employed by LMI and other Mare Island businesses that “provide a significant contribution to the local economy,” Moser said, adding that also not included in the count are the more than 1,500 students who attend Mare Island’s Touro University.
“Mare Island is an important part of the Vallejo economy and I am thrilled to see how much activity there is each and every day,” Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to seeing even more growth in the months and years to come and at the same time continuing to pursue new opportunities on the city-owned North Island.”
LMI, in partnership with the City of Vallejo, is transforming the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard into “a vibrant and innovative mixed-use community,” including a historic core, an active waterfront now open to the public, more than 110 businesses, Touro University, a growing residential community and an 18-hole golf course, among other things, Moser said.
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