120 jobs come to San Bernardino with opening of Tree Island Steel

Saturday, July 1st, 2017 - Jobs

san bernardino >> A new building materials manufacturing plant has opened in the north part of the city and his hoping to grow its employment base as its sales to the residential construction industry expand.

“San Bernardino provided an excellent solution for our need to consolidate two locations into one,” said Dale R. MacLean, president and CEO, of Richmond, British Columbia-based Tree Island Steel.

The 200,000-square-foot location in San Bernardino, at 5080 Hallmark Parkway, serves as the consolidation point, under one roof, for operations from Pomona and Ontario, he said. It employs 120. And it provides an additional 30,000-square-feet for expansion, MacLean said.

“We were under a very tight time frame and the city did everything to expedite the permitting process, from our viewpoint,” he said.

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis said that Tree Islands’ selection of San Bernardino as a site shows the city has “turned the corner” as far as being an attractive place to draw business and that its various departments function well to provide timely services.

Tree Island provides steel wire and steel wire products used along roadways and farms, for reinforcing mesh that supports mines and concrete structures, nails used in home construction, and wire hangars, says the company’s website.

Agricultural products include game fencing, barbed wire fencing, field fencing and vineyard wire.

Tree Island operates four mills: Richmond, British Columbia, which is also its headquarters, Calgary, Alberta; one in Rancho Cucamonga and the new one in San Bernardino.

The company makes 8,000 products and sells those products in 48 states, MacLean said.

The Rancho Cucamonga plant is focused on industrial markets, but its heavy machinery also breaks down raw products into a size that can be manipulated in San Bernardino, MacLean said.

“Up to half its (the Rancho Cucamonga) plant’s capacity will be used to supply materials for San Bernardino to shape into pneumatic nails and the wire mesh used to stucco houses,” MacLean said.

The San Bernardino plant gets two or three tractor-trailer loads of product daily from the Rancho Cucamonga plant, 12459 Arrow Route, said Dale Young, general manager for Tree Islands’ Southern California plants.

The focus of the San Bernardino location is the residential construction industry, he said.

Business is good, Young said, noting Rancho Cucamonga has several departments running three shifts-a-day, while San Bernardino, has one running on three and the rest on two daily shifts.


The company owns its 16 acres in Rancho Cucamonga where it employs about 80 people and has a large storage area for wire products, MacLean said. The San Bernardino location includes back office workers, like sales and accounting. It is a leased facility, Young said.

“I was thrilled to have a company the caliber of Tree Island come to San Bernardino for the usual reasons; jobs and taxes,” said Judi Penman, president & CEO, of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce.

“However I was ecstatic when they told me they chose San Bernardino because they felt welcome by the city. All the company’s needs were met and they are happy to be here. And that makes me glad for our city,” Penman said.

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