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Why 3 appliance, food companies made big commitments to Solano County

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Interior of an existing Smart GE Appliances distribution center with a high tech Basiloid lift attachment on a forklift equipped with sensors, variable speed controls, navigation lights and cameras to safeguard the movement of products being shipped to local customers. GE Appliances plans to open a 501,000-square-foot warehouse in Dixon in northern Solano County in 2022. (courtesy of GE Appliances)

Economic-development boosters for Solano County are touting their role in helping three businesses secure sizable footprints in Solano County.

Solano Economic Development Corporation said the arrival of GE Appliances, Gotham Greens and Thistle in the past two years has the collective potential to create 300 to 350 jobs and provide an estimated $120 million in new investment.

Robert Burris, president and CEO of the business development group, said five other companies are having confidential discussions about doing the same.

“In addition to interest from a number of food-related companies, we are investing more time working with life science enterprises looking at Solano County, with Vacaville having a unique competitive advantage,” Burris said during Solano EDC’s virtual annual meeting March 25. “As a result, we are ramping up efforts to attract new firms for the nonprofit California Biotechnology Center developed by city of Vacaville. The overall economic impact of new biotech developments in this region is estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 new jobs and several billion dollars in output.”

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