Wednesday, September 13, 2023
5:00 - 9:00pm
University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
110 W. Fremont Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Tickets are $60 each
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
The Industrial Barbecue honors those major manufacturers and industries that have located in, or expanded their operations within San Joaquin County. Each of these companies represent over $1 million in plant and equipment investment, millions of square feet of space occupied, and together total thousands of new employees in our community.
Those INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES eligible for awards must be located in an industrial zone, and be in operation by July 1, 2023. They must also meet or exceed two of the following requirements: 20 new jobs to San Joaquin County, 20,000 square feet of new or expanded roofed facility or $1 million capital investment.
Amazon Fulfillment - SCK3
Amazon Fulfillment - SCK4
Amazon Fulfillment - SCK6
Amazon Prime Air Share
Delicato Family Wines
Knapheide Truck Equipment Center
Niagara Bottling LLC
PAQ, Inc. (Food 4 Less & Rancho San Miguel Markets)
Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats Inc.
Just to give you an idea of what the 18 companies we are honoring here this year represent for San Joaquin County, here are the numbers. These 18 locations represent just under over 10.5 million square feet of occupied building space. 4,897 new jobs to our County and 10,299 jobs overall. And a whopping $1.6 billion dollars of capital investment into San Joaquin County.
Launching in July 2020, SCK3 is a 750,000 sq ft facility that is part of Amazon’s AMXL business line, 1 of 3 in California, and is designed to fulfill customer orders for all items that weigh more than 50 lbs. The facility employs approximately 300 full time Amazonians and is co-located with a delivery station which is home to independent delivery business owners bringing the product to your door. What sets AMXL centers apart from other lines of business is the nature of the product. These items, e.g. furniture, TV’s, appliances, are things that take a lot of consideration, time and saving prior to purchasing. Their size and weight require a tremendous amount of care to ensure that what the customer pays for is delivered to meet the expectations of such a special purchase. It is with that in mind that Customer Obsession is the core fundamental principle of the team at SCK3 and drives the team daily to “take care of the people that take care of us”.
The Amazon SCK4 facility opened in late 2021 and is one of four of it’s type in California and the second in Stockton. SCK4 is the biggest "Inbound Cross Dock center" in Stockton. There are only a handful of these types of facilities across the United States. This 750,000 square foot facility employes 2,350 people. The ultimate goal of this new facility is to get orders out to customers faster — ensuring their one-day shipping promise – by supplementing the work of nearby fulfillment centers. The partnership Amazon has within the community and the proximity to CA Ports helped make the decision to locate in Stockton.
The Amazon SCK6 is Amazon’s newest and most advanced large robotic sortable fulfillment center to serve San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Northern California customers. This 3.7M square foot facility soft launched in October of last year and can support nearly 1 million units of outbound volume at max capacity. This will be Amazon’s second fulfillment center in Tracy, its first opened in 2013. The SCK6 site employees 2,400 employees. At Amazon people are their most valued resource. Promotions play an important role in Amazon’s approach to recognizing employee growth and achievement and maintaining a high-performance culture. They have promoted 264 managers in one building and continue to build talent. They also support their associate team’s pursuit of higher learning, offering free tuition for classes whether it is English as a second language or programming with our nearby Career Choice school partner, San Joaquin Delta College.
Amazon Prime Air is a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using autonomous aerial vehicles. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services they already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system. Safety is Amazon’s top priority. Amazon’s vehicles are built with multiple redundancies, as well as sophisticated “sense and avoid” technology.
California Freight is a dynamic and diverse asset based 3PL company providing a multitude of solutions for its customer base for almost 35 years. They offer transportation, logistics, freight forwarding, and warehousing in the international and domestic markets. Their services include FTL, LTL, intermodal, boxcar, food grade tanker, hostling, power only, port drayage, and warehousing.
The San Joaquin County is ripe with reputable food and beverage producers, and distributors. Coupled with a competitive labor pool, their corporate locations in Ripon CA are optimal for growth within the transportation and logistics industry.
California Freight currently employs 410 full time employees, and is adding to that number each month. With their large capital expenditures on equipment, employee growth, and expansions within the warehousing industry, they are being honored a 3rd time by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
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Central Plastics offers custom plastics injection molding manufacturing service, specializing in injection molding and thermoforming packaging solutions for consumer, EV, Solar, Aerospace, Healthcare, and defense markets. Central Plastics moved to Tracy in 2013 in to a 30,000 sq ft facility that is conveniently located and easily accessible from any part of Northern CA. We are honoring them today for their growth, in less than 8 years, they were able to grow from 30,000 sq ft and 20 employees team to 60,000+ sq ft facility and 65+ team members. They believe San Joaquin County offers great community for businesses and has a great pool of talent.
Cepheid is a manufacturer of rapid molecular diagnostic testing for respiratory infections, blood virology, women’s and sexual health, Tuberculosis and emerging infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infectious diseases, oncology and human genetics. They recently did a 175,000 square foot expansion and have been growing since 2020. They hired 59 new employees in 2020; hired 293 new employees in 2021 and hired 913 in 2022 and now have a total workforce of 1,117. Cepheid expanded in San Joaquin County for reasons including lower costs of doing business, strategic location, quality of life and available workforce. This will be the 3rd time we have honored Cepheid, we have honored them previously in 2014 and 2016.
Conexwest specializes in renting and selling storage containers and refrigerated containers. They offer custom fabrication of shipping containers for various purposes such as mobile offices, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), lockers, and more. They recently located to a 200,000 square foot facility in Lathrop that employes 122 people. Conexwest strives to deliver the highest quality products and services to meet the demand and expectations of their customers. They chose to locate in San Joaquin County because of the access to a skilled workforce, and the strategic advantage of a convenient logistical location.
Delicato Family Wines is a fourth-generation, family-owned company founded in 1924 and on the cusp of celebrating their 100th year anniversary that has grown to be ranked among the largest wine companies in the U.S. Delicato's diversified portfolio of leading wine brands includes Bota Box, Coppola Diamond Collection, Noble Vines, Gnarly Head, Z. Alexander Brown, Coppola Director’s Cut, Black Stallion, Three Finger Jack, Sofia, 1924, and Schmitt Söhne Family Wines (Germany). Some of you are enjoying their fantastic wine this evening.
We have honored Delicato for their many expansions over the years, most recently in 2019. They have expanded again and we are excited to be honoring them again. They have hired 69 new full time and 20 temp employees so far this year bringing their total employee count to 1,050.
Knapheide Manufacturing is located in Quincy IL, and ships work truck bodies to the nationwide network of Knapheide Truck Equipment Centers for local installation and sales. Our local Knapheide Truck Equipment Center relocated to Stockton from Tracy in March of this year in order to secure a facility large enough to serve their growing customer base for many years to come. From their Stockton facility they work with companies, fleets and dealerships big and small to help them get an upfitted work vehicle tailor made for their job. The new 58,000 square foot facility employees 32 people.
Michaels opened their new 925,000 square foot Main Seasonal Distribution Center in Tracy in 2021. The new facility employees 315 people and services company stores as far East as Virginia and as far South as Mississippi. Including all of the Western States and parts of Canada. They chose Tracy for because of it’s proximity to the Port of Oakland, the main Port for Michaels goods.
Niagara Water Bottling Company offers a diverse range of high-quality products and exceptional services. Their bottled water selection includes pure spring water, flavored water, and sparking water, all crafted with a commitment to sustainability, they prioritize eco-friendly packaging and water conservation practices. They opened a new 600,000 square foot facility in Stockton this year that employees 59 people. Niagara Water Bottling Company strategically expanded its operations in San Joaquin County because of the region’s proximity to major transportation networks facilitating efficient distribution across California and beyond. This location also provides a favorable business environment with supportive infrastructure and a skilled workforce, enabling Niagara to meet growing market demands effectively.
Established in 1984, PAQ, Inc. dba Food 4 Less & Ranch San Miguel Markets is a 100% Employee Owned grocery retailer with 23 stores located throughout California and still growing. Their newest Food 4 Less store will be opening in Fairfield, CA on Oct 18th of this year. We are honoring PAQ Inc. for the expansion of their Lathrop Distribution Center. They expanded their distribution center from 120,000 sq. ft to 197,000 sq. ft to efficiently serve their partners and growing stores. This expanded facility employees 48 people.
Penske is a 3PL that helps their customer Lowe’s supply their stores. From their 838,000 square foot warehouse in Manteca they serve as far south as Fresno, and extend north all the way to the Oregon border. They also deliver to Reno, Sparks, and Carson City Nevada. The Manteca location provided Peske Lowe’s the room to expand and continue to serve all of their customers throughout the region from a centrally located facility. This expansion added 16 employees bringing the total employed at the Manteca facility to 65 people.
Ryder’s vision is to be recognized as the leading provider of innovative outsourced solutions enabling commerce to flow reliably, efficiently and safely. They have partnered with Kraft Heinz Company to distribute their high quality, great tasting food and beverages. Kraft Heinz has had an operational footprint in the San Joaquin Valley since the 1990’s. This Lathrop project was an excellent opportunity to bring operations under one roof. This new 700,000 square foot facility created 33 new jobs and employes 91 people. The location of this facility allows Kraft Heinz to leverage key transportation routes. The supportive and dedicated in San Joaquin County is one of the reasons the choose to stay here these past 30 plus years.
Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats was established in 1990 by Bill Andreetta. In 2000 Bill Andreetta built a 41,000 square foot plant and in has had to expand the plant in 2010, 2014, 2017, and 2019. Recently they have expanded again and now the facility is 110,000 square feet and employes 360 people, creating 20 new jobs. Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats is committed to making the best Smoked Bacon, Ham and Turkey on the market.
The Tesla Megafactory is one of the largest utility-scale battery factories in North America, capable of producing 10,000 Megapack units every year, equal to 40 GWh of clean energy storage. The new 440,000 square foot Megafactory facility is located in Lathrop. Between the Tesla Megafactory and Glacier Warehouse, Tesla employes 1,527 people. The City of Lathrop and San Joaquin County have been very supportive of Tesla with a great local workforce and access to regional suppliers.
WayToBe provides Promotional Products and Uniforms to mid to large size companies. Their custom branded merchandise and uniform solutions provide businesses with a unique and effective way to showcase their brand identity and promote their products or services. They provide solutions designed to help businesses create a consistent and professional look across all of their marketing channels, from their physical storefronts to their online presence. The new 63,000 square foot Stockton facility employees 20 people. They chose to locate here because San Joaquin County offered a better ROI than the Bay Area and it has a larger talent pool of employees.
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