A worker makes his way through an aisle at the Pacific Mountain Logistics company on Feb. 17 in Ontario. The San Bernardino-Ontario-Riverside area is one of the most logistics-friendly places in the state, according to a recent report. (File Photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/15 – 8:20 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino-Ontario-Riverside area is among the top most logistics-friendly places in the state, according to a recent report.

The area was among 25 nationwide with warehousing industries reviewed by the corporate site selection firm The Boyd Co. Inc., based in Princeton, New Jersey, which released the report.

The study looked at operating costs associated with 500,000-square-foot distribution centers employing 200 workers. It also looked at factors related to site selection, including labor, real estate, construction, taxes, utilities and shipping. The top 10 places are said to be the most cost-effective to work in.

“I think what the report does do with the mention of Ontario and the larger region, it validates Ontario and the things we talk about a lot,” said John Andrews, economic development director for the city. “The city is in a very good location, being at the crossroads of the freeways, the airport being nearby with both UPS and FedEx having a presence there, and I think the access to the ports via the freeways and the larger distribution network.”

According to the report, despite high costs and a challenging business climate, the distribution warehousing industry is soaring in California. The size of the state’s consumer market makes it important for big-box retailers like Amazon and Walmart to maintain major distribution facilities in the state, according to the report.

San Bernardino is home to major distribution centers for Amazon and Stater Bros. Markets, among other major companies that have located warehousing in the area for the distribution of their goods.

“They’re more than happy to see (logistics companies) coming,” Husing said of San Bernardino. “They want more of it because they recognize it’s providing jobs of the kind people living in the city can do.”

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