MCS Industries, a firm that supplies wall and poster frames, is relocating from Visalia, California to a 115,000 square foot distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
The Rancho Cucamonga facility will handle MCS’ core distribution business for the western half of the US, San Bernardino County Economic Development said. The firm will begin redirecting inbound ocean freight to its new campus starting this month. It is upgrading its new facility, by adding security features such as high definition cameras and badge access systems. The firm will also install high-pile racking to store up to 8,000 pallets of finished product.
MCS supplies tabletop frames, albums and scrapbooks, mirrors, wall décor and art-print products. The firm plans to hire managers, logistics personnel, QA and inventory control personnel. Company officials said it will eventually employ 20 full time employees, with plans to increase up to 50 people during peak retail seasons.
“The greatest advantage to operating in the County of San Bernardino is the location. MCS is committed to its customers. With this move we can reposition our distribution center to align more closely with our customer’s transportation lanes. It’s a major benefit for both parties,” said Ed Miller, director of logistics, MCS Industries.
The County location made sense especially since MCS’ customers are big box retailers who all have operations within the Inland Empire, he said. “The impressive core of an available and talented workforce is also a significant advantage. When MCS posted ads for available positions, the response was overwhelming. Unlike a remote location like Visalia, I did not have to search high and low to find the talent to serve as the foundation for our newest facility,” Miller added.
Another reason for MCS’ move is the proximity to the Port of Los Angeles from a Rancho Cucamonga location. “Trucking costs fluctuate with the rise of fuel so to dray ocean containers 350 miles to Visalia is expensive. This move made both economic and workforce sense for us. Plus we gained from the County’s proactive commitment to our business and its growth,” Miller said.
“The County is once again pleased to welcome a strong employer to the region. MCS is looking to grow and we will ensure the company is provided with quality candidates for its job opportunities,” said Kelly Reenders, economic development agency administrator, County of San Bernardino. “We’re glad that MCS discovered the bottom line benefits to locating in the County in order to leverage its existing client relationships in Southern California. The County of San Bernardino continues to build on its roster of high profile retailers and Fortune 500 firms that recognize the long list of benefits that can be gained here.”