Gillespie Field Industrial Park
Construction of Gillespie Field Industrial Park began in 1977. Approximately 70 acres, consisting of 32 individual lots, were completely developed and by 1983, the park was totally occupied. Light manufacturing and product distribution predominate; however, other businesses include wholesale supply companies and one condominium project with approximately 25 separate small businesses.
Two large businesses occupying sites within this park include GKN Chem-Tronics and Veridiam, Inc. GKN Chem-Tronics, an aerospace contractor, is the largest non-retail employer in the City of El Cajon. GKN Chem-Tronics occupies 20 acres of land, half of which is on Gillespie Field Airport property leased from the County since 1966. Veridiam, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality steel tubing formerly operating as Carpenter Technology, has been a tenant since 1961 and occupies a little over 7 acres on the County’s Gillespie Field property. Tenants include Reynolds Communities, Micromode Products, Vision Systems, Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation and others.
Gillespie Field Business Park
The County’s newest commercial/industrial park at Gillespie Field is Gillespie Field Business Park, also known as Cuyamaca West, a two-phase industrial/business development. Phase I was approved in 1988 with the developer’s groundbreaking in 1991. The project consists of 11 lots totaling more than 14 acres. The entire first phase was master leased for development by Diversified Properties. The businesses are diverse, resulting in the creation of about 400 jobs. Tenants include Taylor Guitars, Professional’s Choice, Home of Guiding Hands, GTM Wholesale, Brantner Sea Con Inc. and others.
Phase II includes 17 lots with a net of 32 leasable acres. Individual lots range from one to eight acres, with buildings from 15,000 square feet to over 120,000 square feet. The buildings accommodate established but growing companies engaged in research and development, light manufacturing or office processing activities. It is anticipated that 700 or more employees will eventually work here. All buildings have been completed but some buildings have available space for new businesses. Tenants include CoxCom, Inc., ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation, ViaSat, Mouser Electronics, Inc and Scott USA and others.
Coming Soon – Weld Boulevard Site
The next business park to be developed on County airports owned land is Weld Boulevard Site.
The development will be located on the northwest corner of Weld Blvd and Cuyamaca St. in El Cajon.