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Lance Lerman, co-owner of LsL Instruments didn't intend to move his company to Santa Clarita until his co-owner and wife, Lisa, forced him to look at a building in the area.
Doug Green of Douglas Furniture didn't start out to be in the furniture business, but going door-to-door looking for a job while in college, he happened upon a furniture factory. After three years of working there he realized he liked to sell and decided to open his own furniture store. Nearly four decades later, the retailer has become Santa Clarita's longest running retailer.
Expanding in 2008, the owners of Italian restaurant Bella Cucina moved to the wrong location, at the wrong time, nearly sinking the family owned and operated eatery.
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As interior designer Emily Rubin worked with her Valencia clients to design a new kitchen, high-end appliances were a priority for the homeowners' who loved to cook and entertain in their home. They wanted all the bells and whistles.
The city of Santa Clarita moved up to 21st place in the 2014 California Retail Survey "Top 100 Retail Markets of California Cities." More important for the local economy, it was one of only 29 cities with a retail market above $2 billion.
A group of 7-Eleven franchise owners in California filed suit against the convenience store chain alleging the company is targeting franchise owners who are South Asian immigrants with the intent of taking their stores away to re-sell the franchises at higher rates. The practice, claims The Franchise Owner's Association of Greater Los Angeles, amounts to racial discrimination and civil rights violations.
America's fastest growing companies were recognized on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list, and seven Santa Clarita-based firms landed on that list this year. The majority of local companies have placed on the list more than once, and growth isn't easy when a company has to keep beating its own previous records.
The Seco Canyon Village retail center has been sold through an all-cash 1031 exchange. Located at the corner Seco Canyon Road and Copper Hill Drive in Santa Clarita, the 42,134 square-foot shopping center was built in 2005 and is 86 percent occupied.
A man on his cell phone dressed in a suit and tie rushes by a young woman managing three young children as she tries to quickly purchase a birthday gift for a close friend before picking up the fourth from school. A bit of evidence from his recent lunch resides on his crisp white shirt while he hastens through the shopping center toward his vehicle with a new shirt in hand.
This November, voters will make their voices heard on a variety of ballot measures important to California businesses and residents. The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) has taken a hard look, and put together a voting guide for our readers that corresponds with business-friendly policies.
Picture in your mind the late Steve Jobs.
With acres and acres of open land, developer Newhall Land has its own film division to handle the request for filming on its properties.
The 181,025 square foot Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia and 612,075 square foot Sylmar Biomedical Park were sold to Santa Clarita general contractor/developer Dale Donohoe of Intertex Companies, in partnership with Oaktree Capital Management, in one of the largest deals in Southern California. The biomedical parks are home to companies like Boston Scientific, Bioness, and the Alfred Mann Foundation in Santa Clarita; and Second Sight and Quallion in Sylmar. While terms of the deal weren't disclosed, industry experts pegged the value of the deal at somewhere north of $100 million.
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Construction of a new six-story tower is being planned for the campus of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita, said an executive for the hospital. The growth of the area demands more capacity at a hospital that is some days at capacity, he said. To be built near two existing buildings, and connected by corridors, all of the primary hospital buildings on the campus including the new tower will become like one building.
The success of Princess Cruises' early days hinged on a world's fair and a TV show. And the founder of the Santa Clarita cruise line, Stan McDonald, won both bets on the risks he took to launch the company. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Princess Cruises was scheduled to sail down Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena with its first float ever in the 2015 Rose Parade.
Valencia Technologies is a pioneer on the medical device front in more ways than one. The Santa Clarita-based company is challenging conventional treatment assumptions, allowing it to innovate a smaller device to treat hypertension. And under new federal rules it is laying all its cards on the table to attract investors for its next step of conducting U.S.-based clinical trials – a possibly risky move, but one more companies will are expected to adopt.
Crissair Inc. recently relocated from Palmdale to Santa Clarita after completing its merger with Canyon Engineering Products and finalizing tenant improvements at its new facility in Valencia.
Santa Clarita was on track to break another record for filming in 2014; the fifth consecutive year it has broken film records – which bodes well for 2015 local experts say.
If projections hold true, 2015 is expected to be a strong year for job growth in Santa Clarita. And based on the activity from employers in Santa Clarita and from around the region, 2015 should be outstanding for job growth, said Keri Aaver, Director of WorkSource Center.
2015 will be a pivotal year for California manufacturing. There is a feeling of "cautious optimism" among California's manufacturers, and rightfully so. The manufacturing community has made gains in job growth and expansion, but more must be done to build upon that momentum and to strengthen our industry. Here are some key ways manufacturing will evolve in 2015:
Vince Lombardi, the man who coached the first two winning NFL Super Bowl teams, gave a speech many years ago known today as "What It Takes to be No. 1."
The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) was founded in 1949 as the Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley. The Valley in those days was nothing like the highly populated swath of land that joins the 101 and 405 freeways it is today. In fact, there were no Valley freeways then. The region was rural – mostly farms, orchards and ranches.
You may have already noticed petition gatherers buzzing around grocery stores, asking for your signature to undo the historic statewide plastic bag ban signed into law just weeks ago by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The ban received support from a broad coalition of industry, labor, and environmental groups.
The Great Wall of China can be seen from space. It's an impressive display of what can happen when a goal is set and resources are allocated and executed.