Comstock's magazine 0419 - April 2019 - Page 28

n DISCOURSE company that made the decision to stay is Gulfstream, a global manufacturer of busi- ness aircraft. They make jets. In Lincoln, they have one of their global repair centers. They were looking to expand and looking at real estate throughout the Sacramento region. They ultimately made their decision to stay in Lincoln because of the will of their workforce wanting to remain here. What types of businesses is the city try- ing to attract now? We have at Lincoln AirCenter Business Park businesses that have food-grade manufacturing facilities. One of them is a giant coffee roaster; they have a food-grade processing operation. Another company makes plastic products from plant-based resins, and those products are biodegrad- able. The coffee company uses that prod- uct for their single-cup coffee offering. Be- cause the plastic touches food products, all those products are made in a food- grade manufacturing environment, even though they don’t make food products. Shari’s Berries is in Lincoln. They have a food-grade manufacturing environment. We’d like to attract more companies in the food-manufacturing space. Another prior- ity area is supply-chain management for technology companies. What that means is there are a number of companies here that do repair and refurbishment of elec- tronic products [on] a contract basis for other companies. We have three or four companies in that space, and we’d like to see more. So services to the technology industry, food-grade manufacturing, and I think there’s also further potential in the recycling area, as well. Can you tell me more about Lincoln’s foreign trade zone, which is in the pro- cess of being reactivated? The foreign trade zone that we’re a part of is the Port of West Sacramento. We are a subzone, as is an area in south Sacramento and an area in Dixon. Our subzone was established in 1997 when Hewlett-Packard had a large operation here [until 2003]. What a foreign trade zone affords a qualified business, they’re essentially considered out of the country for customs purposes. When they bring in materials from offshore, and it comes into their facility, it’s considered still out of the country, so there’s a deferral, or re- duction or sometimes even elimination of customs duties and import fees. The com- pany that’s planning to reactivate it now is called Precision Medical Products, and they’re a company that looked throughout the region for an expansion opportunity and ultimately chose Lincoln, largely for the foreign trade zone, because they will be bringing in material that they use in their products from Asia. Essentially what happens is when you bring in a compo- nent or material from offshore, oftentimes you use that component as part of anoth- Transformative Collaboration FMB is part of the team creating the new State of California building at 10th & O Streets. Congratulations to DGS, Hensel Phelps and HOK for transforming a humble parking lot into a Net Zero and Carbon-Free stunning new downtown building. 28 | April 2019