In a recent Daily Press Editorial, “America needs a manufacturing boom,” it was reported that …“We’ve evolved from a manufacturing society to a service society. That’s not good. Eighty percent of world trade is based on trading goods, merchandise. You can’t trade services for goods, at least not enough to keep your country prospering...”

The City of Adelanto agrees that manufacturing needs a resurgence and is an industry that can propel the High Desert to greater prominence — and prosperity — because of the abundant opportunities for manufacturing throughout the High Desert.

Our region is prime territory for new or evolving businesses willing to take advantage of ample land, a large labor pool and more importantly, governments that ease the process of doing business in the High Desert.

Just recently the City of Adelanto announced the soon-to-arrive Aircore Cookware, a product of Korean-American Parkware from mainland China. This development will consist of a manufacturing facility in Adelanto at Rancho and Verbena Roads. The stainless steel factory will be 100,000 square feet with two stories. The manufacturing facilities will each be 28,000 square feet with three separate buildings, each one story.

This isn’t just a pipedream, this project represents a $45 million to $50 million investment and will bring 250 full-time jobs to the High Desert. Along with the two-and-a-half acre property, three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half acre properties have also been purchased by Aircore Cookware at the Rancho site. Aircore’s investment will bring much needed infrastructure to the area, including road paving, water and sewer.

Economist John Husing seemed to support the Daily Press’ assertion that “We’ve evolved from a manufacturing society to a service society” when he wrote in the Year End Market Review for Coldwell Banker Commercial High Desert Market Watch. Husing contends that what was “once an Inland Empire strength, the manufacturing sector is no longer responsible for serious growth.”

But Aircore Cookware is but one company that’s bucking the trend that seems to be shifting from manufacturing. Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) welcomed Arden Companies, a manufacturer of patio furniture cushions which relocated from outside the High Desert, and brought with them approximately 100 new jobs to the region.

The High Desert municipalities — Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville — are working in partnership through Opportunity High Desert to show outsiders the many attributes and amenities in the High Desert in order to entice greater economic development.

Opportunity High Desert (OHD), along with nearby unincorporated areas, encompass a trade area that extends well beyond each city’s limits, reaching a population of 439,342 with average household incomes of $58,925. A retail potential of $4.5 billion defines the OHD’s strength as a regional consumer market.

Manufacturing may be declining nationally and statewide, but in the High Desert, we’re poised and gearing up to welcome manufacturing to fuel our local economy.

Richard Kerr is mayor of Adelanto.