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New opportunities as UC Merced expands. These are the industries to watch in Merced:

  • Food & Beverage

  • Manufacturing

  • Distribution
  • Life Science / Environmental Science

  • Solar

  • Healthcare

  • Retail / Office

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Key Industries in Merced

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Food & Beverage 

Proximity to raw and primary processed goods in the San Joaquin Valley's rich agricultural climate, plus packaging facilities. Huge markets within 2 hours. Competitive energy costs and wastewater capacity.

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

  • Foster Farms (poultry)

  • Safeway (sauces, jams, bottled water)

  • Passion Fruit Farms (wholesale)

  • Scholle Corp. (bag in a box)

  • RTS Packaging (wine inserts)

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Manufacturing

Workforce skilled in traditional manufacturing intersects with potential UC Merced partnerships for R&D expertise. Merced boasted the fastest growing manufacturing sector in the U.S. in a recent report. 

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

  • Mauser (food cans)

  • Fine Line Industries (boat mfg)

  • O'Keeffe's Inc. (skylights)

  • Wellmade (fluorescent lights)

  • Werner Co. (ladders)

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Distribution

One-day drive to all California and Oregon locations and parts of Nevada and Arizona. Well-planned business parks with Hwy 99 and rail access. Heavy concentration of food and grocery distributors.

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

  • McLane Pacific (grocery dist.)

  • Yosemite Wholesalers (grocery dist.)

  • QuadGraphics (commercial printing)

  • Frito Lay (snack foods)

  • Wallace Trucking (shipping)

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Life Science / Environmental Sciences

Natural Science comprises 29% of UC Merced's enrollment, with core facilities for environmental analysis, imaging and microscopy, stem cell and animal research. High Speed Rail will soon connect the Bay Area to lower-cost Merced facilities.

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Solar

Large market spurred by California solar initiatives and sunny climate. Solar energy research conducted at UC Merced puts expertise and potential employees at your doorstep.

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

  • APG Solar 

  • APS Solar

  • REC Solar Central Valley

  • Solar City

  • Sun Therm Energy Inc. 

  • Unlimited Energy Solar Solutions

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Healthcare

UC Merced plans include a future medical school. Current university programs include the interdisciplinary Health Sciences Research Institute and a partnership with UC Davis School of Medicine.

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

  • Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center

  • Hy-Lond Healthcare Center

  • Anberry Transitional Care

  • Merced Behavorial Healthcare Center

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Retail / Office

Market area population of 247,395 and projected annual growth of 0.76%. Retail leakage $281.1M. Greatest need: general merchandise, food & beverage, health & personal care, specialty goods, restaurants.

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES:

  • Costco

  • Save Mart Supermarket

  • Raley's

  • Home Depot

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SOURCES USED ON THIS PAGE:
  1. "Fastest Growing Manufacturing Metros of 2014," Headlight Data (www.headlightdata.com) (May 26, 2015).

  2. "Fast Facts 2017-18" (http://www.ucmerced.edu/fast-facts) (Nov 2017).

  3. "Merced, CA 2014 Retail Market" Marketek and Chabin Concepts (2014).