Since it’s one of Orange County’s oldest cities, Fullerton is home to a healthy share of historic structures, many of which put the city’s industrial beginnings on display, from sawmills to machine shops.
Even as Fullerton moves forward and grows, emphasis remains on embracing that history. That much was clear even in the industrial sector in 2017, when the 44-acre Beckman Business Center was approved for the Beckman Coulter campus on the northern edge of town. The remaining mid-century administration building is being reused, and its architecture and design will flow into the seven new buildings being constructed to create 978,665 square feet of commercial space including industrial, warehouse and manufacturing.
At the same time, industry in Fullerton is decidedly forward-thinking — aerospace and defense manufacturing companies are some of the city’s major employers.
As a place to live, Fullerton is notably well-rounded, from its revered higher-education (including California State University, Fullerton) to its natural beauty (with 50-plus city parks) and the bustling party scene in Soco.