Ontario Through the Years

Hub for Commerce



Hub for Commerce describes Ontario’s job growth from rapid industrial expansion of automotive plants, air cargo, commerce centers, offices, hospitality, and housing.  Ontario’s close proximity to railroads, freeways, and the airport, and the vast amount of land available, made industrial and commercial development very attractive.  In 1985, the California Commerce Center in Ontario was included in the Port of Long Beach Foreign Trade Zone.  The “duty-free” zone incentivized dozens of companies to locate within the California Commerce Center.  During the 1980s, Ontario had been ranked the 7th fastest growing city in California due to its industry, manufacturing, and lifestyle.

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