Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gavilon to Open Edible Oil Refinery in Stockton, CA


Gavilon, LLC, a subsidiary of the Gavilon Group with headquarters in Omaha, has announced plans to construct an edible oil processing, transloading and storage facility at the Port of Stockton. The 20,000 square foot facility will eventually employ 20-30 people. According to Steve Escobar, Port of Stockton Deputy Director, it will also create 100 indirect jobs as well as 100 construction jobs during the 18-24 month estimated construction period.

Gavilon will partner with Wilmar International Limited, Asia's leading agribusiness company, to import and process palm, coconut and palm kernel oils to serve the California and West Coast markets.

The San Joaquin Partnership worked with the Port of Stockton on this project. Partnership services included assistance with development fee estimates, incentive and financing information, permit timeline requirements and information on the San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone.

"The San Joaquin Partnership would like to thank our many partners that helped this client choose to locate in San Joaquin County, this includes staff at the Port of Stockton, the City of Stockton, PG&E, and the San Joaquin County Enterprise Zone," says Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann.

Alex Fox, Gavilon director of strategy and development, says the company's partnership with Wilmar will provide new product offerings with a superior logistics location at the Port of Stockton to major markets in California and Western United States.

"The combination of Wilmar's raw material and processing strengths, Gavilon's marketing and distribution capabilities and a new state-of-the-art facility will provide significant supply chain benefits for our customers," says Fox.

Fox says the Port of Stockton site was key to making the investment decision due to the advantage of receiving bulk cargo from ocean vessels, available port industrial zoned land with direct connection to Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railways, and Interstate 5 for truck access.

Ammann said that this investment underlines the unique advantages of global sourcing of raw materials and semi-finished goods combined with skilled labor to process and then ship new products to US major markets.

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