Opportunities for new companies abound in Chico, thanks to a supportive community and many locations for businesses to set up shop. The city is home to multiple industries, from agriculture to technology. And one of the top five industries in Chico is manufacturing. Within this industry are many unique businesses ranging from steel fabricators and craft beverage and food products to agricultural equipment and cabinetry.
With affordable commercial space and a dynamic workforce, it makes sense that many companies call Chico home.
Here are just a few:
California Olive Ranch ranks #1 for olive oil
Did you know California produces 99% of olive oil made in the USA? And the largest farmer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is located right near Chico. California Olive Ranch has one of the biggest acreages of olive-producing trees and one of the most sophisticated mills in the country to produce olive oil. After two decades in the business, they have collected over 230 awards for their high-quality olive oil. With headquarters in Chico, two mills located in Butte and Glenn Counties, and an orchard in Tehama County, California Olive Ranch also processes fruit from over 4,000 other contracted acres. But even with such high production rates, this local company still maintains high standards and family values in its business. In addition to their online shop and major markets like Safeway, you can find their products in local stores like the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative.
Wizard Manufacturing perfects processing and packaging equipment for agriculture
Agriculture is another Top 5 industry in Chico, so it’s no wonder there’s a significant demand for nut processing and packaging equipment in the area. This is where
Wizard Manufacturing comes in. Founded in 1939, the company has focused its work on designing and fabricating equipment for nut drying and processing. They also provide support to their clients with mobile crews who install and maintain the equipment. And after over 75 years in the business, they’ve made both service and integrity a priority.
Safe Path Products manufactures accessibility
Another great example of high-quality manufacturing found in Chico is Safe Path Products. This ramp-manufacturing business has become a leader in “green” ADA Compliant SafePath™ products in the building, architectural, and flooring industries by using recycled rubber in its products. Not only do they create safe accessible commercial and residential ramps, entry-level landings, and reducer ramps, their recycled products help keep tires out of landfills. It’s a great example of a Chico business doing good for people and the planet!
Manufacturing thrives in Chico
Chico offers many opportunities for businesses looking to relocate to a welcoming, supportive city. If you are thinking about starting your own manufacturing operation, there are lots of reasons to Choose Chico!