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KATERRA TO OPEN NEW ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FACTORY

 

Facility for Manufacturing Building Components to Be Located in California’s Central Valley

Menlo Park, CA – July, 2018 – Katerra, a technology company redefining the construction industry, today announced its plans to open a new advanced manufacturing factory in Tracy, Calif., where it will produce building components including wall panels, floor systems, roof truss assemblies, windows, cabinets and finishes. Manufacturing of building components in a factory setting allows for rapid assembly at the job site, significantly reducing construction time, costs and waste while improving quality.

Katerra is expanding its U.S. operations as it delivers on $3.7 billion in new build project bookings. With its new 577K square foot factory, Katerra’s manufacturing presence in Tracy will add more than 500 jobs. This new manufacturing facility will complement Katerra’s existing California operations, including its headquarters in Menlo Park and office in San Francisco.

“Establishing a manufacturing presence in the Central Valley made sense to efficiently serve the West Coast market while gaining access to talent to operate advanced robotic equipment,” said Michael Marks, chairman and co-founder of Katerra. “We’re excited to be adding jobs to California’s economy as we apply technology to deliver high-quality buildings faster.”

Katerra’s integrated factory model seamlessly connects building design to the factory floor and job site. Compared to its first factory located in Phoenix, Ariz., Katerra’s next generation plant will be an advanced manufacturing facility with significantly more automation. The operation will include fully automated wood frame wall production lines, automated floor lines, automated cabinet and finish areas, automated roof truss lines, an automated window line and a light gauge steel production line. The factory will be able to produce, on an annual basis, the equivalent of 12,500 multifamily units.

“We are very excited about the economic impact that Katerra will bring to the City of Tracy and the region,” stated City of Tracy Mayor, Robert Rickman. “Tracy’s proximity to workforce talent, affordable land, and state-of-the-art building opportunities, provide a business supportive environment for advanced manufacturing companies such as Katerra to thrive. I would like to welcome Katerra to the City of Tracy and thank them for ‘Thinking Inside the Triangle’.”

Additional facts and figures about Katerra’s Tracy factory include:

 The new facility will be strategically located near rail, shipping ports and freeways

 To support the factory’s operation, more than 500 jobs will be created in San Joaquin County, which is designated by the state as a high unemployment area

 Production is slated to begin in 2019

In addition to its factories in Arizona and California, Katerra is constructing a mass timber manufacturing facility in Spokane, Wash., which will produce cross-laminated timber wall panels and floor systems when it comes online in 2019. Katerra’s near-term manufacturing expansion plans for the U.S. includes three more building components factories to serve the South and East Coast markets, as well as another mass timber production facility to be located in the Southeast.

About Katerra

Katerra is a technology company optimizing every aspect of building development, design, and construction. With leaders from the most groundbreaking technology, design, manufacturing and construction companies, Katerra transforms how buildings and spaces come to life. Founded in 2015, Katerra has a growing number of domestic and international offices, factories and building projects. For more information, visit www.katerra.com.

Media Contact:

Robin Clewley | VP, Marketing & Communications, Katerra

Robin.clewley@katerra.com

 

Three new-to-Fresno restaurants to bring Korean fried chicken, giant sandwiches, more

July 09, 2018 

California Trade Report for May 2018

Below are highlights from the recently released trade data from the US Census Bureau and US Bureau of Economic Analysis. To view additional data and analysis related to the California economy visit our website at www.centerforjobs.org/ca.

Share of Goods Through US Ports
18.4%
CA Share of Total Trade
Through US Ports

Total US goods trade (exports and imports) through California ports edged down to 18.40% (12 month moving average; compared to 18.44% in Apr 2018 and 18.43% in May 2017).

California remained the #1 state, ahead of Texas with 17.07% (compared to 16.99% in Apr 2018 and 16.61% in May 2017). Trade through the Atlantic port states was at 29.47% (compared to 29.44% in Apr 2018 and 29.7% in May 2017).

The state’s continued lead in this area forms the trade-related base for one of California’s largest centers of middle-class, blue-collar jobs. Transportation & Warehousing alone provided 579,800 jobs in May (up from 559,000 in May 2017), paying an average annual salary of $54.5k. This employment base in turn supports additional blue-collar and white-collar jobs in a range of other industries.

California Goods Exports Increase
$1.7
Billion in Exports

Total California goods exports were up $1.7 billion from May 2017 (up 12.6%). California remained in 2nd place with 11.03% of all US goods exports (12 month moving total), behind Texas at 17.74%.

California’s Balance of Goods Trade
-$22.1
Billions of Goods Trade

California’s balance of goods trade through state businesses narrowed to -$22.1 billion, compared to a level of -$23.7 billion in May 2017. California trade accounted for 31% of the US trade deficit in goods in May 2018.

Top 10 Exports, May 2018
Top 10 exports by value are shown below, along with the change from May 2017.

By shipping weight (vessel and air total), the leading export was Petroleum & Coal Products at 1.1 billion kg (35% of total exports), followed by Waste And Scrap at 0.9 billion kg (29%), and Food & Kindred Products at 0.3 billion kg (9%).

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Top 10 Export Markets, May 2018
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Closer Look: California’s Trade With China
China and Hong Kong combined accounted for about 16% of the exports originating in the state (produced here or bundled for export here) in both 2017 and 2018 (for the 12 months ending in May in both years), while countries with which US has trade agreements (including NAFTA) accounted for about 41% in 2018, up slightly from 39% in 2017.  Overall exports to China and Hong Kong grew only 2.2% in the last 12 months, compared to 10.1% growth for all Trade Agreement Partners combined.
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By value, Top 12 Exports to China & Hong Kong for the 12 months ending May 2018 are shown below.
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Employers needed in Kings County for subsidized workers

CVBT

July 11, 2018

• Program takes care of workers comp and other expenses
• “The participants that have been sent my way want to work and are willing to learn”

Public and non-profit agencies in Kings County that need more workers but don’t have the money might be able to get help
from a subsidized workforce of individuals who have been affected by recent natural disasters.

The program is also open to private firms that have positions available that are specifically for clean-up and repair of a public
or private non-profit facility. It’s being managed by Proteus Inc., a Hanford-based private non-profit community-based organization has received
$185,868 in funding for it from La Cooperativa de Campesina .

Currently, Proteus is partnering with the city of Hanford’s public works department and has placed 20 workers within the
department. “Having the extra help to address work duties is helpful beyond words,” says Tim Breashers, parks and grounds superintendent
with Kings County Public Works. “The participants that have been sent my way want to work and are willing to learn.”

Proteus will handle payroll functions and cover workers compensation costs. Prevailing wages are paid to all participants. Other agencies participating in the program include Kings County public works, Corcoran public works, and Lemoore public works.

“I would like to emphasize that Proteus recruits the participants, handles all the paperwork and payroll functions,” says Araceli
Ochoa of Proteus. “This is a fantastic opportunity to assist individuals to connect with work and at the same time help
improve our local communities. All the worksites are required to be in Kings County.”

Low-income individuals who live in Kings County and who are temporarily or permanently laid off work as a consequence of a
natural disaster are eligible as are self-employed individuals who became unemployed or significantly underemployed as a
result of the disaster.

Kings County has been recognized as an area that is at risk for a flood post drought. This program is designed to provide
temporary employment for those residents who have been unemployed due to the disaster or long-term unemployed as a
result of previous disasters, as well as provide relief for local organizations to assist in clean-up and/or repair of the site, a
Proteus spokesman explains in an email to CVBT.

Each worker will have a worksite agreement for up to six months or $14,000, whichever comes first, he adds. The program is set to end September 30, “however Proteus is hopeful for an extension.” Additional worksites are needed in order to achieve program goals and help local residents. For more information contact
Petra Solano at (559) 582-9253.

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Tree Fresno breathing new life into an empty lot in Southwest Fresno

Tree Fresno along with a group of volunteers is hoping to turn a dusty plot of land into a new lush green community space

Tree Fresno along with a group of volunteers is hoping to turn a dusty plot of land into a new lush green community space.

The process involves a few steps– first is making sure that the ground is level. Then you take the tree out of the pot. You score it, put in the ground, cover it with dirt and repeat– 452 Times.

Thanks to grant funded by the High Speed Rail Authority, the non-profit is able to accomplish this feat. They will be planting Ginkgo Biloba, Scarlet Oak, and other trees on the 24 acre space along Annadale Avenue, next to West Fresno Middle School.

CEO of Tree Fresno Lee Ayres said, “They are going to help with the air quality, these are large trees so that overtime they can absorb up to three tons of carbon.”

Ayres said the project will have a lasting impact on the community. In the future the location might serve as the new site for a school. It will also provide tons of shade, a new gathering space and will encourage more people to go outside.

“When I come out and check this place early in the morning, like six in the morning on a Saturday, there are people out here working out.”

Eryn Roberts, who recently moved to Fresno, saw this as the perfect opportunity to give back to her community.

“It is definitely hot out here but it is really good enjoying getting to plant trees and seeing this new area, I’ve never been on this side of Fresno before.”

The non-profit will be planting trees from 8:00 a.m. to noon until the 12th, and they said the need all the help they can get.

Old Visalia Mall bank will be demolished, replaced with new building

An old bank and seasonal Halloween store that’s part of the Visalia Mall will soon transform into something new.

An old bank and seasonal Halloween store that’s part of the Visalia Mall will soon transform into something new.

“I was shocked,” mall patron Brittney Krum said. “I didn’t know they were going to knock the building down, but it’s nice that they’re going to be building something new.”

Visalia Mall General Manager Rick Feder says the building hasn’t been the right fit for a retailer.

But now someone is interested in the space, so it will be demolished within the next few weeks.

The new 5,000 square-foot building will be under construction by the beginning of 2019.

Feder says the project falls in line with the mall’s goal of connecting with customers through entertainment such as their new Food Truck Fridays event, restaurants like Blaze Pizza, and new retail additions like Macy’s Backstage, the store’s second-floor outlet.

“It creates excitement,” Feder said. “It keeps customers at the mall longer and engaged for a longer period of time. It’s all giving back to the customers what they want.”

Feder can’t say who the new tenant or tenants are just yet, even though he knows there are passionate opinions about what retailer or restaurant should open here.

“I think it’d be nice to see a Chick-fil-A here just because there isn’t one in Visalia and I really like them,” Krum said.

Javi’s Tacos is under construction inside the mall food court.

Valley based juice shop looking to hire employees for new Fresno location

A Valley based juice shop is expanding and looking for new employees.

A Valley-based juice shop is expanding and looking for new employees.

Re-Invent Juicery is opening a store at Fig Garden Village next to CVS. The shop uses local and all-natural ingredients to make their cold press juices. Customers can also indulge in blended drinks and acai bowls.

It is their fourth location in the Fresno-Clovis area since they first opened for business in 2015. However, they did shut down their location on Ashlan and Fowler last month.

Re-Invent Juicery is currently hiring for their new location and is hoping to open on July 20th.

Rosa Brothers named Small Business of the Year

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Noel Rosa, left, with Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) during California Small Business Day in Sacramento on June 19. Vidak recognized Hanford-based Rosa Brothers Milk Company as Small Business of the Year in Senate District 14.

From hardware stores to manufacturers, small businesses are ingrained in California’s communities and economy, which is why Hanford’s Rosa Brothers Milk Company was recently recognized for its hard work and dedication to the community by being named Small Business of the Year.

“We are truly honored to be recognized by Senator Vidak on California Small Business Day,” Noel Rosa, president of Rosa Brothers Milk Company, said. “We have a great team of employees that work hard to produce the freshest, best-tasting milk products possible and we are happy to share our family’s farm fresh products with California consumers.”

On June 19, Rosa Brothers Milk Company was honored by Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) at California Small Business Day as Small Business of the Year in Senate District 14.

“It was an honor to welcome Noel Rosa to the Capitol,” Vidak said. “Rosa Brothers Milk Company is an outstanding small business and we are lucky to have them in the Central Valley. Noel, Rolland and all of their employees have built their business into one of the best dairies in California and their high-quality products are very popular across the entire state.”

California Small Business Day honored 75 small businesses for their contribution to the state’s economy. According to the California Small Business Association, small businesses contribute to 75 percent of California’s gross state product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs.

“California’s small businesses are the economic engine of our state,” Betty Jo Toccoli, president of the California Small Business Association, said in a released statement. “Rosa Brothers Milk Company was celebrated for their successful small business and contributions to the community.”

Operated by brothers Noel and Rolland Rosa, third generation dairy farmers, the company began production of its milk and ice cream in September 2012 with just a handful of stores selling their products.

According to the company’s website, the creamery was built with a few goals in mind:

  • To provide California families with the best-tasting dairy products found anywhere in the world.
  • To provide safe, pure dairy products that have not been overly processed or modified.
  • To keep milk quickly flowing to local stores for maximum freshness.
  • To provide a truly local product that comes through a transparent channel, allowing families to watch the milk all the way from the cow to the bottle or ice cream carton.

The Rosa Brothers have tried to remain true to their roots by hiring local, buying local supplies and making local products.

“We’re a truly local company based right here in Hanford,” Noel Rosa said.

Today, Rosa Brothers Milk Company products, including over a dozen of both milk and ice cream flavors, can be found in over 750 locations throughout California and have won several awards at the Fresno Food Expo.

“Their story is one of inspiration and determination and they are a perfect example of how small businesses are the backbone of our economy and provide much needed jobs in our communities,” Vidak said.

Noel Rosa said everyone at the company was humbled by the recognition and is proud to be part of the local economy. Most of all, he said they are very thankful to community and all the support they’ve received over the years.

CVCF LAUNCHES $1-MILLION INVESTMENT

Published On July 3, 2018 – 11:54 AM
Written By The Business Journal Staff
Applications are now open for the Central Valley Communities Organized for Resident Empowerment (CORE) Initiative, a $1-million investment program aimed at providing financial support and leadership development to strengthen nonprofit organizations and community enterprises that are improving the ability of working residents to make positive changes in impoverished neighborhoods.

Through the CORE Initiative, the Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) hopes to provide technical assistance and financial support to organizations and leaders who are rooted in local neighborhoods, have a minimum track record of service in targeted neighborhoods, have established trust among residents and reflect the diversity of Fresno’s neighborhoods.

The James Irvine Foundation provided the grant to CVCF to make the CORE Initiative possible.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Central Valley Community Foundation, which understands the critical role nonprofit organizations play to engage and empower residents,” said Don Howard, president and CEO for The James Irvine Foundation. “And we are proud to support Fresnans working to transform their communities.”

Ashley Swearengin, CEO and president for the CVCF, said the CORE Initiative will support small and emerging nonprofits with the potential to grow and impact their communities. Selected applicants will receive a grant ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, receive leadership development and training, work with CORE Participants and participate in a filmmaking project documenting the efforts of organizations and people improving distressed neighborhoods in Fresno.

Applications, guidelines, and the Request for Proposals can be found at www.centralvalleycf.org/COREand are due no later than 3:00 p.m., on Aug. 31. CVCF is offering information sessions for interested applicants. The first will be held on Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave., at 10 a.m.

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Valley Children’s trauma center gets positive review

 

  • Now verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
  • “This verification is important to our Trauma Center”

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera has been verified as a Lever II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. It is the only pediatric trauma center in the region.

“This verification is important to our Trauma Center, as the ACS recognizes Valley Children’s – from our surgeons and nurses to our therapists and trauma coordinators – for providing exceptional pediatric trauma care as quickly as possible, from  start to finish, for children involved in car crashes, falls, accidents, acts of violence and other trauma,” says Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak.

“Trauma center levels across the United States are identified in two fashions: a designation process and a verification process,” explains the American Trauma Society. “The different levels (ie. Level I, II, III, IV or V) refer to the kinds of resources available in a trauma center and the number of patients admitted yearly.”

Earlier this year, representatives with the ACS’s Verification Review Committee visited the hospital. They assessed commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement among other requirements. Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure capability and institutional performance as outlined by the ACS.

“Injury is the leading cause of death and acquired disability for children, and providing expert trauma care across the continuum – from injury prevention to pediatric rehabilitation  and family restoration – is at the core of our mission,” says Michael Allshouse, medical director of Valley Children’s pediatric trauma program and pediatric surgery.

This verification by the ACS comes two years after the Central California Emergency Medical Services Agency designated Valley Children’s Hospital as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, the only such center between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

With that designation, critically injured children could be transported directly from the field to Valley Children’s Hospital, ensuring they receive expert pediatric care even sooner than before.

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