By Staff Reports
(Victorville) – A new furniture manufacturer has just leased space at Southern California Logistics Center and will be hiring 100 employees starting in mid October, according to the lease management company. The firm plans to add approximately 400 new employees within the next 36 to 48 months.
United Furniture Industries (UFI), a manufacturer of furniture that is sold primarily under the Simmons brand name, will occupy a 505,192-square-foot industrial facility at SCLC. Based in Mississippi, UFI has signed an agreement that will position the company with a West Coast manufacturing and distribution facility to better serve Southern California and Western U.S. markets, according to Stirling Development, the lease management company.
“UFI will begin the process of local staff development in mid October. We plan to complete a soft opening of manufacturing and distribution operations in November. We expect our employment to exceed 100 people early in the first quarter of 2012,” said Bob Cottam, spokesperson for UFI.
The County of San Bernardino’s Department of Workforce Development will assist UFI in the hiring process. A job fair will be advertised in the local press in October.
“This is a great example of a public-private partnership that is meeting its goals to create jobs and develop a long-term economic engine,” said Mayor Ryan McEachron. “Our partnership started in 1998 with a vision to redevelop the former George Air Force Base into a job center for the region.”
The UFI commitment follows in a trend of recent leasing activity at SCLC. To date in 2011, leases have encompassed more than 1,078,000 square feet with companies including a major confectionary company, Sparkletts® Water, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Southern California Aviation (SCA). These companies join an extensive roster of companies located in the High Desert that includes Boeing, GE, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, ConAgra Foods, Plastipak and Goodyear.