Agriculture is a primary factor for the Madera economy. Each year over one billion dollars worth of agricultural commodities are produced in Madera County. Some of the significant crops are almonds, pistachios, grapes, alfalfa and corn. Madera also has a prominent dairy products industry and poultry industry.
The Madera region has over 50 manufacturing facilities. The major manufacturing industries are glass bottles, air conditioning, food machinery, plastic items, steel and farm equipment. The major employment sectors include agriculture, healthcare, construction, government, education and manufacturing.
Some of the jobs which are more common in Madera when compared to the nation's other cities are: agricultural equipment operators; farm workers and laborers, crop, nursery and greenhouse; First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers; kindergarten teachers, education administrators, elementary and secondary school; drywall and ceiling tile installers and elementary school teachers.
The Madera Enterprise Zones provide various state tax credits which can significantly lower the cost of hiring new employees and buying equipment. Businesses operating in the Recycling Market Development Zone can receive special loans and various benefits by utilizing post-consumer or secondary waste materials in their manufacturing processes.
Noteworthy information about Madera: In 2007 the median household income was $38,464. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 95.8. The national average is 100. About 9% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher.
- Baltimore Aircoil Co - Refrigeration Equipment - Truck (MFRS)
- Children's Hospital Central - Hospitals
- Constellation Wines - Wineries (MFRS)
- Country Villa Healthcare CTR - Residential care homes
- Georgia Pacific Corp Madera - Paper manufactures
- Home Depot - Home centers
- Lamanuzzi & Pantaleo Cold STGE - Fruits and vegetables - growers & shippers
- Lion Brothers Farm-Newstone - Farming service
- Madera Community Hospital - Hospitals
- Madera County RMA-Admin - County government offices
- Mission Bell Winery - Wineries (MFRS)
- Panella Trucking LLC - Trucking
- Span Construction - Building - Metal
- Walmart - Department Stores
- Zymex Medical LLC - Herbs
- Madera Unified School District
Business organizations offering assistance to Madera companies:
- Madera County Economic Development Commission
- Madera County Workforce Assistance Center
- Madera Chamber of Commerce
- Economic Development Commission of Madera County
The Madera Tribune provides information about the current business activities in Madera.