Shipping Jobs Overseas? Koreans to Ship Jobs to Adelanto

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(Adelanto) —According to a December 2016 article in the Australian Business Review (, President-Elect Donald Trump accused China of “raping America by stealing its jobs through unfair trading practices.” One Korean-American company—operating a stainless steel cookware company in China— is proving that America is a good place to create jobs.

Aircore Cookware has a Conditional Use Permit and development plans underway to construct a manufacturing facility in Adelanto at Rancho and Verbena Roads. The stainless steel factory will be 100,000 square feet with two stories. The manufacturing facilities will each be 28,000 square feet with three separate buildings, each one story.

“This isn’t just a pipe dream, this project represents a $45-$50 million dollar investment in our community and will bring 250 full-time jobs to the High Desert,” said Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr. Along with the two-and-a-half acre property, three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half acre properties have also been purchased by Aircore Cookware at the Rancho site. Aircore’s investment will bring much needed infrastructure to the area including road paving, water and sewer.

“We’re talking about an international company that’s been around for 20-years in the Asian market, now choosing to bring its high technology products to America,” said Kerr. Aircore currently operates an 80,000 square foot facility with 100 employees in China, and sells products on QVC along with a prototype to Starbucks.

“This project will become the largest manufacturing plant to date in Adelanto,” said Kerr.


Because of Aircore selecting Adelanto, the project owner Peter Park has indicated that other companies have begun to ask “why Adelanto?” The answer is ease of trucking, availability to rail and attractive land values. “We’ve learned through Mr. Park that there’s another company with 12,000 employees planning to visit our city and see first-hand what we have to offer,” said Kerr.

“We promised two-and-a-half years ago that this Council was going to move forward and make

this city the gem of the High Desert and we’re going to,” Kerr said proudly at the recent City Council meeting.

Other projects currently underway in Adelanto include:

  • Clark Pacific—a state-of-the-art concrete manufacturing plant on 80 acres, slated to replace a smaller facility in Irwindale and bring as many as 500 jobs to the city. The plant, scheduled to open this year, will produce precast concrete structural products for parking structures, retail stores, auto dealerships and others. Clark Pacific is currently building the new football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood.
  • Industrial Integrity Solution—the largest industrial park in the city’s history, 630,000-square-foot HDO Industrial Park will consist of 21 buildings for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and testing medical marijuana. It is expected to create 550 permanent jobs and generate more than $2 million in annual tax revenues.
  • “Rancho Plaza” at 395—an 18-acre development just north of Adelanto Stadium at the vacant northeast corner of Highway 395 and Rancho Road, the project covers just under 200,000 square feet and will include a gas station, 60-room three-story motel, drive-through restaurants, office and retail facilities and a car wash.
  • Frontier Homes—is building 65 homes on 10 acres in the city;
  • Shell Station—the 4,900 square foot station, large when compared to the average 1,700-4,000 square foot station—will become just the third gas station in the city and is strategically located at the northwest corner of Highway 18 and Bellflower Road. The combination gas station and convenience store is expected to hire at least 11 employees for its 24-hour operation.
  • A Medical Corridor consisting of a Vocational School/Retail/Commercial project on approximately a 22-acre property adjacent to City Hall.
  • A Hotel/Commercial/Retail/ Industrial Development project on approximately a 27 combined-acre project adjacent to the Adelanto Baseball Stadium and the Budweiser Distribution Center.

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