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Denham Announces Central Valley Job Fair

Denham Announces Central Valley Job Fair

MODESTO, Calif. — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced his 2013 Central Valley Job Fair, being held in conjunction with the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance. The job fair, which will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, will help connect employers with job seekers and provide an opportunity for face-to-face meetings.

“The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County continues to hover around 12 percent,” said Rep. Denham. “I intend to do everything I can to help hiring employers meet with job seekers and prepare those looking for work to best present themselves.”

“Any way you slice it the Alliance is all about jobs - creating them and putting people to work,” said Teri Adams Jones, communications marketing manager for the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance.

Enterprise zones eliminated - now what?

Enterprise zones eliminated - now what?

With a vote of 55-16 the California Assembly eliminated one of the few powerful incentives Central Valley cities and counties have to attract businesses and create jobs. Assembly Bill 93 passed the Assembly June 27 after the Senate approved it earlier that week, effectively eliminating enterprise zones.

“This certainly doesn’t help us,” said San Joaquin Partnership President Mike Ammann. “The San Joaquin Partnership has always supported the enterprise zone to attract warehouse operations.” Now Ammann said he will use new state incentives to promote manufacturing opportunities in San Joaquin County.

Ag equipment makers face challenges, opportunities at home and abroad

Ag equipment makers face challenges, opportunities at home and abroad

Growing demand for Central Valley agricultural products is good, not just for farmers, but for farm equipment manufacturers as well.

“Ag rolls on and thank God for that,” said Jack Wilkey, CEO of Wilkey Industries, headquartered in Turlock. “Almonds and walnuts are the crops now, with almonds the heaviest, and that’s good for us.”

Patterson looks forward to more jobs, retail expansion

Patterson looks forward to more jobs, retail expansion

PATTERSON - Although the company has not yet set a date, officials in Patterson believe the new Amazon fulfillment center will be up and running in time for the holiday rush.

“I don’t believe they would miss that opportunity,” said Patterson Mayor Luis Molina. “If I were to make a guess, I’d say maybe October would be when they open their doors.”

Over 600 Job Openings at Modesto’s HIREvent

Over 600 Job Openings at Modesto’s HIREvent

Modesto’s HIREvent will feature hundreds of great job opportunities from a wide range of Modesto area employers, plus free expert help with resumes. For more information, visit JobJournal.com or call 888-THE-JOBS (843-5627).

WHAT:      Modesto’s HIREvent

WHERE:   Clarion Inn Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road

WHEN:      Tuesday, July 23, noon – 4pm

 

WHO:         E & J Gallo Winery, Millerick Engineering, G3 Enterprises, Pactiv,           San Joaquin Valley College, DirectLine Technologies, McLane          Pacific, and more!

Entrepreneur Ecologic Brands opens Manteca, CA manufacturing facility

Entrepreneur Ecologic Brands opens Manteca, CA manufacturing facility

It was ironic that the makers of America's first molded paper bottle would move in to a former heavy-use plastics facilty, but the bright smiles on the faces of Ecologic Brands' CEO and employees proved it was the perfect ending to a journey that started with a "seed of inspiration".

  Founder and CEO Julie Corbett (right) celebrated the grand opening of Ecologic Brands' new facility today by relating the history of the 58,800 square foot building in Manteca Industrial Park.   

   She said the building had housed a plastic auto parts manufacturer, a supplier to the New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, CA. When NUMMI shut down three years ago, so did the manufacturer, laying off 200 employees.  

  "We have moved into a building and replaced plastics," said Corbett.

Rail expansion projects present historic opportunities for Valley businesses

Rail expansion projects present historic opportunities for Valley businesses

Over the next two decades rail improvements and construction are going to present one of the largest opportunities for area businesses.

Nearly $2 billion of rail construction and improvements are coming in the next year alone.