The City of Vernon is uniquely structured to accommodate businesses of all types. Throughout the last century, Vernon has consistently provided a supportive climate for a wide range of businesses.
Vernon’s motto “The City That Does More” is a reference to the affordable commercial and industrial utility rates as well as top-notch police and fire protection provided by the city. Such attractive incentives helped earn Vernon the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation’s “Most Business Friendly City” designation in 2008.
Vernon leadership remains committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of the industrial community, and to streamlining permitting and regulatory functions in order to maintain low governmental expense.
Together, Vernon’s diverse array of businesses provide a wide variety of jobs to residents in neighboring communities. The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation has identified and tracks the progress of these industry types in Los Angeles County, all of which operate within Vernon’s City limits:
- Agricultural Production
- Apparel Design and Manufacturing
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Courier and Messenger Services
- Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
- Food Manufacturing and Processing
- Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
- Machinery Manufacturing
- Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
- Paper Manufacturing
- Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
- Printing and Related Support Activities
- Repair and Maintenance Services
- Recycling – Rendering, Medical, Metal, Plastics, Glass, Corrugated Box
- Textile Product Mills
- Truck Transportation
- Warehousing and Storage
- Wholesalers - Nondurable Goods
These industries are important drivers of the regional economy because they export goods to the rest of the state, the nation, and the world. In doing so, they bring “new money” into Los Angeles and California that helps the regional economy grow.
Given its industrial profile, Vernon plays its biggest role in the Food Manufacturing area. Vernon-based food product companies employ almost 10,700 workers, more than 15% of the Los Angeles County total for this group. Vernon also plays an important role in the region’s Fashion--Apparel and Textile Design/Manufacturing/Wholesale industry cluster, with more than 265 fashion industry companies engaged in design, dyeing, cutting, sewing, importing and distribution located in Vernon.
Other regional industry clusters in which Vernon plays a large role include Furniture and Home Furnishings, Fabricated Metal Products and Industrial Machinery, Toys, Auto Parts, and Wholesale Trade and Logistics.