Friday, September 14, 2012

Vendor Fair Set for California Health Care Facility in Stockton

STOCKTON – Businesses who wish to sell their products to the new California Health Care Facility (CHCF) now under construction in Stockton are invited to attend a vendor fair in that city to learn how to become certified to do business with the State of California.

The event will be held September 19 in the Bob Hope Theater, 242 East Main Street, in downtown Stockton, from 2-4 pm. The fair is co-sponsored by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Correctional Health Care Services, Department of General Services (DGS), the Department of State Hospitals and the City of Stockton.

“With more than 2,000 staff on the site every day, the new health care facility will have many of the same needs as a small city,” CHCF Chief Operating Officer Nate Elam said. “In addition, because we are operating a health care facility, we will have specialized needs as well.”

“We expect to spend several millions of dollars a year to operate the California Health Care Facility and would like every vendor who wants to do business with us to be prepared by attending our workshop in Stockton,” Elam said.

Representatives from the sponsoring state agencies will be on hand to explain general contracting procedures and the process for being certified as a Small Business or Veteran-owned and to explain the types of products that the 1.2 million square foot medical facility will be purchasing during the late stages of construction and after it opens.

The CHCF is expected to receive the first of 1,722 inmate patients in July, 2013 and will employ approximately 2,400 people in up to 160 professional classifications, creating a $220 million payroll that will add an estimated $1 billion a year to the local economy.

Since January, 2011, more than half of the $1 billion in construction costs for the new facility has been awarded to businesses and contractors in Stockton and the surrounding area and more than half of the 5,500 construction jobs have been filled with craftsmen from within a 50-mile radius of Stockton.

More information about the California Health Care Facility is available at Information about CDCR is available at

Contact: Bill Sessa (916) 445-4950