OnTrac, a package delivery and courier service based in Arizona, is moving its Visalia operations center into a much larger warehouse.
The new site is in a 140,775-square-foot building on Ferguson Avenue in Visalia's northwest industrial district. OnTrac has inked a $1.4 million, 65-month lease to occupy more than 89,000 feet of the building, according to Westcore Properties, which owns the property.
The building was constructed in 2009.
Laura Peterson, OnTrac's vice president of marketing, said the company plans to consolidate its operations from Fresno and Kettleman City under one roof in Visalia. OnTrac's existing Visalia facility is about 35,000 square feet and employs about eight people.
OnTrac hopes to move into the larger Visalia site this spring. No target date has been set for closing the Fresno and Kettleman City locations. The moves will boost the number of OnTrac workers in Visalia to about 70.
Peterson said consolidation of the Valley sites in one place makes business sense. "It means there are fewer touchpoints for customers' packages and faster delivery," she said.
Westcore bought two buildings in the Midstate 99 Business Park in 2011 from The Allen Group for a combined $7.95 million. The business park is on the northwest corner of Ferguson Avenue and Plaza Drive.
Pacific Stihl, a distribution branch for power-tool manufacturer Stihl Inc., occupies the other portion of the building that will be shared with OnTrac.
Fresno has another luxury magazine covering fashion, beauty, home and garden, and travel.
CV Luxury, run by Modern Living Publishing, is a bimonthly magazine with a Central Valley focus but stories, advertisements and more can be enjoyed by others outside of the community, said Editor-in-Chief David Manning.
"I wanted to make something aesthetically beautiful, fun to look at and would speak not only to the Valley but by a larger audience," said Manning, who worked for two other Fresno magazines and for Gottschalks department store before dreaming up the idea for his own magazine a year and a half ago.
He now works with two partners and a team of editors and photographers out of a Fig Garden office. In addition to the magazine, Manning is working to produce videos that will accompany the stories on the company's website.
The first three issues of the magazine are free and are distributed and mailed to select ZIP codes, Manning said.
After the third issue, people can subscribe to the magazine. More information is available at cvlux.com.
Bee business reporters Tim Sheehan and BoNhia Lee contributed to Word on the Street. It was compiled by Sheehan. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6319, email@example.com or @tsheehan on Twitter.