Key Industries

Gonzales’ central location in the fertile Salinas Valley and proximity to the surrounding farmlands, contribute to its prominence as an agricultural business center.  Head and leaf lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, strawberries, asparagus, and wine grapes are grown in the fields around the city.  The city’s Agricultural Business Industrial Park and other related industrial districts are home to businesses such as growers, irrigators, farm labor contractors, farm suppliers, packing sheds, and agricultural equipment design, servicing, and food processing/manufacturing and vegetable cooling.

Gonzales Agricultural Industrial Business Park

Gonzales features an agriculture oriented business industrial park. Partially funded with a grant awarded to the city by the Economic Development Administration, Phase I of a planned two phase development program was completed in 2005. Comprised of 70± acres, Phase I includes fully improved lots, streets and infrastructure.  Current occupants of the industrial park include several notable food processing/manufacturing and fresh vegetable processing and cooling businesses, including:  

Taylor Farms
Growers Express
Pure Pacific Organics – Pacific International Marketing
Silva Farms

Planning for the Phase II expansion of the industrial park is underway. Phase II is expected to be comprised of 35± acres with building sites sized appropriately for agricultural-related and support service businesses. 

Gonzales River Road Industrial District

Businesses with the Gonzales River Road Industrial District are comprised of light manufacturing, agricultural service and supply, agricultural equipment sales and service and agriculture equipment design and manufacturing businesses.  Several of the businesses within the River Road Industrial District provide their business service to clients both nationally and internationally. Businesses within the district include:

Ramsay Highlander
Green Valley Farm Supply
3 Star Lettuce
Gonzales Machine & Forge
Gonzales Equipment Sales
Skinner Equipment
Cal Coast Irrigation

North Alta Street Industrial District

The North Alta Street Industrial District is primarily comprised of packing sheds, farm supply and irrigation services, warehousing and agricultural equipment servicing and repair. Businesses within the district include:

Gonzales Packing Company
HealtySoil
Lowe Packaging Group
Converted Organics
Jackpot Harvesting
Gonzales Irrigation Systems
Agri-Frame Welding

South Alta Street Industrial District

Businesses with the South Alta Street Industrial District are comprised of grape crushing, wine fermenting and storage, fresh vegetable processing and cooling and agricultural equipment sales and service. Business within the district include:

Constellation Wines-Gonzales
Bryan Equipment Company
Misionero Vegetables
Valley Electric Motor Service