The Sacramento Region has long been an ideal location for manufacturers, particularly in the technology trades. Growth in this sector can be attributed to companies’ desire for proximity to major markets, infrastructure for efficient and reliable transportation logistics, availability of existing facilities and build-to-suit opportunities, a talented and diverse local workforce, and access to cutting-edge research activities at major research centers including UC Davis and the nearby Lawrence Livermore National Labs, as well as UC Berkeley. These assets provide tremendous opportunities for manufacturing companies, especially considering the Sacramento area is the lowest cost major metropolitan area in California. Within this industry the region is seeing increased activity in high technology, food technologies, energy efficient products, and renewable fuels and materials manufacturing. Recent company locations and expansions include Mounting Systems, Intel, Mori Seiki, TELEFUNKEN Semiconductors, Nippon Shokken, DST Output, Aerojet, and Hewlett-Packard Co. to name a few.