New Manufacturing Business in Madera

July 10, 2009 8:15:02 PM PDT
A new company comes to Madera County but to owner Mike Nemat, the Valley is a familiar place. A Fresno State graduate, Nemat started his manufacturing and consulting company in the Bay Area ... but last year decided to relocate to the Central Valley.Nemat said, "It would have cost us three times more to build a facility like this with the extra acreage that we have, in the Bay Area."

A 40-thousand square foot facility sits on 10 acres of land just outside the City of Madera.

Bobby Kahn with Madera County E.D.C. said, "We know that he's got excess land so as he grows and expands he will grow and expand right here in Madera County."

The manufacturing company uses computer-aided machinery to make and assemble parts for medical, solar and agricultural equipment.

They recently purchased these huge milling machines from Detroit that were used to make the high-performance Ford GT's ... and can handle up to 30-foot long parts and 70-thousand pounds.

Nemat said, "95% of our competitors in California don't have equipment like this ... an this will help us to compete where we were not able to compete with our smaller equipment."

"His customer base is a different customer base than what we're used to so its going to raise the bar on the type of company that is coming to do business here," said Kahn.

The company has about a dozen employees so far and plans to hire a dozen more by the end of the year ... and though the jobs are high skill, experience is not necessary.

"If you finished high school with good math skills we will hire you and have you run our machine and train you to grow with us," said Nemat.

Wages for programmers and machine operators range from 10 to 25 dollars an hour.

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