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SEP-OCT 2015

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Location, Location, Location A big part of the story in San Bernardino County is its proximity to a very large population base and the need for companies, e-commerce retailers in particular, to have speed to market. The inland county is within easy reach of a population of some 30 million people in the southwestern U.S., from cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego to Phoenix and Las Vegas. "That area allows for the perfect storm of location, labor and optimizing freight in the supply chain to really capitalize on being a preferred spot in Southern California," says Dean Krieger, a senior vice president at Cresa Orange County. Amazon.com has a large and growing presence in San Bernardino County with major fulfi llment centers. QVC also announced in July that it would locate a new, one million sq.ft.- warehouse and distribution center in the city of Ontario. "The growth of the market has really been phenomenal, and the volume of activity is somewhat unprecedented in terms of new product coming online being met with equal levels of demand," says Krieger. During the fi rst half of 2015, there were a record 15 large-scale industrial space commitments involving requirements in excess of 500,000 square feet. In addition to a transportation system that includes highways, rail and air, San Bernardino County is located about 60 miles east of the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports. "The access for importers and exporters is tremendous," says Olhasso. The proximity to the Pacifi c Rim also has generated strong investment in the area from Chinese companies and individuals. Some Chinese fi rms are looking to set up shop in the area to distribute goods to the U.S., as well as provide assembly or some other manufacturing component, she adds. For example, Trident Case added a new 42,000 sq.ft.-facility in Rancho Cucamonga last year, bringing its total operations within San Bernardino County to more than 110,000 square feet of space. The expansion is part of a strategic move by the mobile device case manufacturer to onshore more than 50 percent of its business from China to Southern California. The San Bernardino County locations fi t with the company's "Proudly Made in the USA" program with products that are designed, manufactured and assembled in the U.S. Trident Case was attracted to San Bernardino County because of its availability of skilled workers, its transportation infrastructure – including major highways, the port and the nearby Ontario International Airport – and the good weather, notes Trident Case president and founder Lip Yow. "San Bernardino County and the city of Rancho Cucamonga have been extremely helpful in cultivating our growth by providing many services that Trident couldn't have received elsewhere," says Yow. The county helped to connect Trident with resources at Southern California Edison to reduce utilities expenses, and also introduced Trident to California Manufacturing Technology, a non-profi t program that provides expertise in how to manufacture effi ciently. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION The county is recognized as a hot spot for both industrial and residential growth in Southern California San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency | Special Advertising Section | 2

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