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Hoffman Security

With the expansion in the Merced County area and a heightened awareness in the area of security, the alarm and life safety industry has seen tremendous growth in the past 30 years. The alarm and life safety market covers burglar alarms, fire alarms, camera systems and access control systems.

Hoffman Electronic Systems has provided security and life safety solutions for homes and businesses throughout the Central Valley since 1979. Today, they rank as one of the largest security companies in the Valley. Whether you need a home alarm system, business security services, or an integrated camera or access control system for multiple locations, they have the experience and ability to handle all of your security needs. From consultation to system design, and from installation to 24-hour monitoring, their solid reputation is backed by a history of customized solutions and round-the-clock performance. They have supported the Chamber for many years and their founder, Steve Hoffman, served on the Board of the Chamber from 1990-1994 and as President in 1993-1994.

Major Employers

Statistics indicate that Merced County has approximately 5,500 business employers. Government agencies, school districts and educational institutions also employ significant numbers.

The County of Merced is the largest government employer in the county, followed by the city governments in relatively descending order of population. The Merced County Office of Education and the elementary and high school districts in Merced County are also significant employers. Merced College and UC Merced are also key employers.

Mercy Medical Center/CHM and Golden Valley Health Center are the top health care employers. Medical practitioners and clinics also account for large numbers of jobs.

Retailers with multiple locations in the county are significant employers and include Walmart, Target, SaveMart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Retail and service employment as a sector accounts for over half of all businesses and one quarter of private business employment.

Merced County has approximately 135 manufacturing and processing employers. Food processing and packaging accounts for much of the employment base, although other sectors (printing, water craft and building materials) are significant employers. Merced County’s manufacturing employment base has been relatively stable and currently employs 13,200. The single largest employer is Foster Farms with over 3,500 workers.

Major manufacturing and processing employers in Merced County include:
E&J Gallo Winery/Ranch, Livingston — Ranch, Vineyard, Wine
Foster Farms, Livingston — Poultry
Hilmar Cheese, Hilmar — Cheese/Restaurant
Dole Frozen Foods, Atwater — Frozen Fruits
John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Gustine — Nuts
KODA Farms, South Dos Palos — Rice Products
Live Oaks Farms, Le Grand — Fruit & Vegetable Grower/Shipper
Malibu Boats, Merced — Competition Boats
Morning Star Packing, Volta — Tomato Canning &Packing
NCI Building Systems, Atwater — Building Materials
Passion Fruit Farms, Merced — Grocers – Wholesale
Pusateri Nut Co., Gustine — Nuts
Quebecor, Merced — Printing
Richwood Meats, Merced — Meat Packing
Scholle Corporation, Merced — Bags & Packaging
Sensient Dehydrating, Livingston — Dehydrating Vegetables
Teasdale Quality Foods, Atwater — Canning
Safeway/Lucerne, Merced — Bottling, Salsa, Jams, Packaging
Werner Company, Merced — Ladders
Yosemite Wholesale, Merced — Wholesale Grocers

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