BY DENNIS WYATT
Manteca is about to join the ranks of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Boston, Long Island, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei, and Hong Kong.
When 5.11 Tactical — that enjoys a global market for its uniforms and tactical equipment for military, law enforcement, and public safety personnel — opens its new 404,657-square-foot distribution center this spring on Airport Way it will include a retail component that exclusively sells their gear. The other company owned stores are all located in major cities.
Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum made that announcement during Wednesday’s State of the City program staged by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce at the Manteca Transit Center.
The firm will initially move 217 jobs to Manteca. The site is designed to add another 134,000 square feet.
5.11 Tactical products are available through various retailers such as Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and numerous independent concerns.
5.11 Tactical chose Manteca due to its proximity to transportation needed to serve a global market often overnight. It is less than eight miles from Stockton Metro Airport where Amazon Prime now flies six cargo jumbo jets daily to serve two 1-million-square-foot distribution centers in Tracy, one 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Patterson, and another 600,000-square-foot distribution center being built in Stockton near the airport.
DeBrum noted in November that Amazon Prime Now opened in an existing 91,134-square-foot industrial building at the Pacific Business Center on Louise Avenue next to the Manteca Unified to create more than 100 jobs.
The site serves the firm’s one-hour delivery service to Manteca, Lathrop, Ripon, and other points in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties such as Stockton, Modesto, and Tracy that are within an hour’s drive of the Louise Avenue site. Amazon picked Manteca as it is at the geographic center of 1.1 million consumers in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The South County as a whole — Tracy, Lathrop, Manteca and southern Stockton — are within 70 miles of three key population centers in the Northern California Mega Region serving San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento.
Manteca is marking its 100th year as a city by stepping up job generation.
• Medline medical supplies is building a 565,000-square-foot distribution center in the Pacific Business Center.
• Scannell is currently building a 280,000-square-foot spec building in Spreckels Park.
• CenterPoint building Project Laurie — a 550,000-square-foot initial phase of a 1.1 million square foot building just north of 5.11 Tactical. CenterPoint has three firms that are interested in leasing the building, however, they are not releasing any details.
“This is just a part of our vision to expand commercial real estate and encourage firms to plant roots where our families live and work,” DeBrum said.
The mayor also pointed out two major expansions were completed in the past year. BR Funsten & Company, a flooring distribution firm at Main and Industrial Park Drive, added 67,000 square feet while Sunnyvalley Meats expanded by 32,000 square feet.
“We are improving job opportunities on every front with more sustainable zoning, better growth for business and work for more and more of our residents,” the Mayor noted.