County envisions Castle as future state manufacturing hub

Merced Sun-Star
By Brianna Calix,

August 30, 2016

Merced County will move forward with a plan to develop Castle Commerce Center into a manufacturing hub that officials hope will create nearly 10,000 jobs and draw up to $1 billion in investments.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to move forward with the Castle strategic development plan. District 4 Supervisor Deidre Kelsey left the meeting before the vote.

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Report finds strength in Modesto food industry

The Modesto Bee
By John Holland,

August 4, 2016

The Modesto area rates high for a consultant who helps food and beverage companies decide where to set up shop.

The Boyd Company Inc., in a new study on operating costs for processing plants, said Modesto’s are the lowest among five locales it analyzed in California. It also praised the area’s job-training efforts and its ability to move products by road, rail, ship and air.

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