FAIRFIELD, CA—Fairfield's population is 107,684, and accordingto City officials, industrial companies are choosing to locatehere. The reason, officials say, is because of its strategiclocation halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco, affordablecommercial real estate prices, and an accessible,business-friendly city government.

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“Prices for commercial and industrial space in Fairfield aresignificantly less expensive, and our building fees are one of thelowest in the Bay Area,” says Karl Dumas,Fairfield's Economic Development Manager. "City officials areaccessible, supportive, and truly bring value to the deal."

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Industrial businesses recently locating in Fairfield areOwen Equipment, one of the nation's top sewercleaners and street sweeper dealerships, S&S Suppliesand Solutions, a leading industrial supply distributioncompany, and SkyeFlex Technologies, a start-upmanufacturer of an energy-efficient window treatment.

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Owen Equipment moved its California location from Sacramento toFairfield's Horizon Drive where it is now selling and leasing itsequipment from a 17,000-square-foot industrial space. The locationincludes several private offices and a conference room with acapacity for 70 people. In addition, the space offers opportunitiesfor expansion.

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S&S Supplies and Solutions has moved its headquarters fromMartinez to Fairfield. The company purchased a 100,000-square-footbuilding at 2700 Maxwell Way, and is in the process of bringingmore of its company to Fairfield with the consolidation of three ofits operations.

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SkyeFlex Technologies, which makes customized window treatmentsfor residential and commercial customers, has signed a five-yearlease on a 5,400-square foot industrial space at 1891 WoolnerAvenue. The start-up company expects to begin production inJuly.

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Fairfield, California appeals to companies because of itscentral location to the San Francisco Bay Area's North and EastBay, proximity to ports, airports, rail, and freeways, say Cityofficials. It has value-priced land with room to expand,pre-approved business parks, a diverse, skilled workforce, andaffordable and executive housing choices.

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“The city's ample supply of high quality water and itsstate-of-the-art sewer treatment plant attract businesses withlarge water and sewer requirements,” say officials.

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Major employers include: Travis Air Force Base, Sutter RegionalMedical Foundation; Jelly Belly Candy Company; Anheuser Busch;Meyer Cookware US; Abbott Nutrition; and Amcor PET.

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