Bakersfield ramps up jobs recruitment, poaches M8 Systems from Orange County

The major ag irrigation company is receiving a grant from the city to move its headquarters to the Central Valley.

Bakersfield is poaching a major ag supplier from southern California, bringing white collar jobs and big salaries to the city.

M8 Systems is a agricultural firm providing automated irrigation management systems for agriculture. 


Driving the news: Wednesday, the Bakersfield City Council approved an agreement to provide M8 Systems with up to $99,999 in subsidies to assist in the company’s relocation from Southern California to Bakersfield. 

  • The company is currently negotiating a lease of a building in Bakersfield and expects to hire local sales, service and customer support staff within the first quarter of this year. 

State of play: According to the staff report on the council’s agenda, the agreement advances the council goal of providing “economic opportunities for all” through the establishment of a new business locally, which will result in additional job creation. 

  • The deal also advances the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan by attracting a technology-oriented business. 
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