Clark Pacific planning to staff up, perhaps for Apple ‘spaceship?’

Clark Pacific has signaled to Yolo County officials that it wants to begin discussions about adding staff to its work site in the unincorporated portion of the county, which suggests there is a big project in the offing.

Though county officials said they weren’t certain, Clark Pacific was listed by the Silicon Valley Business Journal last week as one of the contractors participating in construction of a new campus for Apple on 176 acres in Cupertino.

The company said it has 850 employees, and will add 150 to 200 more in the next few months, but declined to say why specifically.

Officials with the supplier of precast concrete haven’t responded to inquiries for confirmation, though non-disclosure agreements in such situations aren’t uncommon.

Dirk Brazil, Yolo County’s assistant county administrator, said the company, which has a plant outside Woodland and its headquarters in West Sacramento, hasn’t said much about what’s coming, only that it’s big.

“They’ve done great things here, and we’ll help them get expedited with what they’re doing next,” he said. “One thing I understand is that it’s not going to be built in Yolo County.”

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, precast concrete portions of the 2.8-million-square-foot “spaceship” building for Apple will be built at the Yolo County site and then trucked to Cupertino.

Brazil said for Yolo, Clark Pacific’s coming expansion is big because the county has relatively few large employers in its unincorporated area.

Founded in 1963, Clark Pacific opened the plant outside Woodland, at a former Spreckels sugar mill, in 2008. Among recent prominent projects the company’s been involved with are the lofts at 800 J St. in Sacramento, and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home for the San Francisco 49ers.

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