Situated in the San Bernardino County of the state of California, sits the stunning city of Ontario. During the year 1882, Canadian engineer, George Chaffey started the Ontario Model Colony development. The city was named after the province Ontario, Canada, by George, William, and Charles Chaffey. It is the 18th largest city within Southern California with a population of roughly 170,373 people.
Historically, the economy within Ontario was mostly due to its reputation as a health resort. Farmers planted orange and lemon groves, which thrived in the cities rocky soil. Olive growers and vintners also were attracted to the city. Among the cities historical landmarks is The Graber Olive House, that is still in business these days. Another business which is still common is Dairy farming.
The La/Ontario International airport, that is situated in Ontario, is considered to be the 15th busiest cargo airport within the US. The city is well situated to deal with most freight traffic from the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports. Ontario is the home of Ontario Mills and used to be the home of Ontario Motor Speedway until it was demolished in the year 1980.
General Electric had a major plant in the area before World War II. A huge influx of settlers caused in part by the expansion of the Southern California defense industry, made Ontario their home during and after WWII.
As the manufacturing industry declined in the area; the economy of Ontario is currently dominated by warehousing and service industries. These days, the most notable manufacturing business is the Maglite co-corporation, makers of flashlights. The New Model Colony idea that the city has created plans to take southern Ontario, that is presently an area dominated by dairy farms and agricultural farming, and turn it into different residential houses, industrial and business parks along with town centers.
The famous Stars and Straps clothing company was founded in Ontario.