The San Diego Unified Port District is bananas. And cars. And fertilizer. San Diego’s port isn’t as big or bustling as the one in Los Angeles, but the import industry here has found its niche in a mishmash of things that might seem weird to group together.
More than 1.6 million tons of fruit and metal and chemicals (and more) will be hauled into the port by the end of fiscal year 2013. With the growth of these imports comes jobs for skilled laborers, said Joel Valenzuela, the port’s maritime director.
“We’re not just trying to make money for the port,” Valenzuela said. “We’re trying to create jobs for the region. We’re trying to help create a diverse San Diego economy.”
The port could provide jobs for people who want a shot at decent wages and benefits, but who may not have the training to work in the booming tech sector, Valenzuela said.