Street sweeper manufacturer opens in San Bernardino
Local economic development groups help company establish operations
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2011) – The Economic Development Agency of San Bernardino, the city’s redevelopment agency, and the San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone are pleased to announce that Global Environmental Products Inc. recently established operations in San Bernardino. The start-up company acquired a 48,000 square-foot building in the zone at 4985 Hallmark Parkway.
The Economic Development Agency’s Office of Business Development played a key role in helping Global Environmental Products, a manufacturer of high-performance industrial road sweepers, obtain zoning verification, business licensing and local and state certification needed to sell sweepers from their facility.
“The city’s staff provided me with a number of services and resources that helped me set up my shop quickly,” said Walter Pusic, president of Global Environmental Products. “This area offers so many services and incentive programs that not only help businesses get started, but also sets them up for success. Choosing San Bernardino was one of the best decisions I’ve made for our business.”
The company also selected San Bernardino as its location because of the hiring tax credits offered by the enterprise zone. Since opening its doors, Global Environmental Products has hired and trained a staff of 24 employees with the assistance of the city’s workforce investment board. Many of the workers qualify for the enterprise zone program, which will allow the company to reduce operating costs and better position itself for growth in the coming years.
From San Bernardino, Global Environmental Products is manufacturing three-wheel, mechanical road sweepers for government authorities and transportation agencies across the U.S. The sweepers are purpose built and take approximately 400 hours to produce. The company will also service and supply these machines with parts.
Global Environmental Products also offers a range of refuse receptacle sanitizing equipment for garbage containers. The company provides an inexpensive service that protects containers against bacteria, flies and odors while offering a better solution for the environment.
About the Economic Development Agency of San Bernardino
The Economic Development Agency of San Bernardino, the city’s redevelopment agency, is a focused, diversified organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of San Bernardino by creating jobs, eliminating physical and social blight, supporting culture and the arts, developing a balanced mix of quality housing, along with attracting and assisting businesses both independent and through public-private partnerships. For more information, visit www.sbrda.org.
The Office of Business Development, a branch of the city’s Economic Development Agency, was created to promote business recruitment, assist with business retention and provide business resources and information to San Bernardino area businesses and companies. The center’s three divisions – recruitment, retention and business solutions – provide companies with a range of services and information from site selection and tax incentives, to marketing and workforce referrals.For more information call 909.963.5026, or visit www.sbbizresource.com.
About the San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone
The San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone is an Enterprise Zone established by the California Department of Housing and Community Development to encourage investment, growth, development and job creation in economically distressed areas of the county. The zone covers approximately 42 square miles and includes areas of Colton, San Bernardino and unincorporated portions of San Bernardino County. The Enterprise Zone is a joint effort between the Inland Valley Development Agency, City of Colton, City of San Bernardino, and the County of San Bernardino. For more information, visit www.SBVEZ.com, or email info@SBVEZ.com.