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Archive By Section - Business Journal Stories


SCV Firm Behind the Sound of World’s Most Viewed Televised Events

It's doubtful any person has not witnessed the work of ATK Audiotek, and yet just as likely that the general public has never realized the 32-year old Santa Clarita-based company was working behind the scenes of so many major televised events.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Mixed-Use Project 15 Years in the Making Gets the Green Light

Jim Backer

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Managing orders for one of the largest shoe retailers was a blessing and a risk

Jay Catlin, President/Managing Partner

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Sharp Shooting Photographers for Hire

Camaraderie with fellow editorial photojournalists, most former Los Angeles Times professionals, evolved into a professional photographers' assignment bureau based in Santa Clarita in 2009. And what began as a loosely based group of photographers sharing ideas and assignments with each other became the Pro Photography Network – a group of seasoned professionals experienced to take on any corporate assignments.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Alfred Mann retires; SCV Resident Takes the Lead

Hakan Edstrom was appointed as MannKind's CEO on Jan. 12 by the biomedical company's board of directors. He retains his title of President.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Aerospace Dynamics Begins Installation on $10M Worth of Machinery

ADI of Santa Clarita began installing the first of four gantries – giant milling machines – in its new 88,000 square foot building on Rye Canyon Road. Transported from Cincinnati, each giant milling machine is transported across the country on four separate trucks. The machines come in parts and have to be assembled in the new plant. Over 300 feet of rails were installed in the flooring to house, and move, each machine. Each gantry, costing around $2.5 million, takes two to three months to be assembled. Cutting aluminum and titanium, the gantries mill intricate aircraft parts and assemblies. Some ...

February 06, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Canyon Plastics Approved for State’s Tax Credit Program

Canyon Plastics Inc. was the first Santa Clarita company to be awarded tax credits under the state's California Competes Tax Credit program on Jan. 15. Launched by Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's Go-Biz office IN 2014, the program is a business attraction and retention incentive that replaced the state's Enterprise Zone program.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


China-Based Machine Tool Company Introduced Itself to SCV Manufacturers

The U.S. branch of machine tool company, Shenyang Machine Tool Company, held a grand opening event Jan. 22 to introduce itself to local industry after opening a marketing and customer training facility in Santa Clarita in December.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Movie Ranch Tours Designed to Boost Film Activity

Santa Clarita's working ranches thrive on filming, not cattle. And to that end, members of Santa Clarita's film industry piled into all-terrain vehicles to tour the first movie ranch, A Rancho Deluxe, in an effort to familiarize people with the facilities, backdrops and assets each movie property has to offer television and film projects.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Business Editor | Business Journal Stories


‘Guardians of Light’ Behind the Iconic Lit LAX Columns

There is almost no kind of special amusement and attraction lighting project Santa Clarita-based Visual Terrain hasn't created from around the U.S. to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and yet contractually, due to non-disclosures, it can't even boast about their work. "We're the Navy Seals of lighting; very secretive and very effective," jokes President David Green.

February 06, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


City Breaks Film Record for 5 Straight Years

Breaking a record can be a tough job to achieve, but the city of Santa Clarita just broke its film activity record for the fifth straight year in a row. Helping the city break another record was the tremendous amount of TV production filming that took place locally, said Jason Crawford, economic development manager for the city.

February 04, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Three New California Laws That May Affect Your Business

Nearly a thousand new laws have gone into effect or are going to by July 1 in California this year. With so much change taking place, it can be almost impossible for employers to keep up and make sure they are properly complying. The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) keeps a running list of bills that affect business every year. Here are three that companies should know about.

February 03, 2015 | By Stuart Waldman, President Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Business Journal Stories


The ABC's of Growth

Every business owner, CEO and top executive I know is interested in growing their company.

February 03, 2015 | By Ken Keller | Business Journal Stories


Mann Biomedical Park: The Art of the Deal

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.

December 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Picking the Right Clients that Make the Best Fit for Your Company

Calvin Hedman, Founder of accounting and middle-market advisory firm Hedman Partners

December 24, 2014 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


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Order Fulfillment Company Leases Former Hitachi Building

It's not quite as dramatic as the phoenix rising from the ashes, but each time AMS Fulfillment is met with a business challenge, the Valencia firm confronts and overcomes it quicker than most companies can plan a strategy for their next move. And that phoenix just acquired another building on Witherspoon Parkway.

May 05, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Thirsty For Water Solutions in the Golden State

How is it we so often dismiss the little things until it sneaks up on us like high blood pressure and we are forced to take action? When it comes to water policy-if California were the patient, the good doctors at Henry Mayo might start us on Lisinopril to treat our hypertension and avoid the stroke or heart attack down the road.

May 04, 2015 | SCV Chamber of Commerce | Business Journal Stories


Minimum Wage Increase Could Hit Unincorporated L.A. County Soon

Santa Clarita Valley residents are already adjusting to a statewide minimum wage increase from $8 to $9 that went into effect earlier this year. So far, those in Northern Los Angeles County have remained on the outside of minimum wage talks going on at various city levels, but unfortunately, that may change soon.

May 04, 2015 | By Stuart Waldman, President Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Business Journal Stories


Looking to Purchase, Refinance or Renovate Commercial Real Estate?

In today's competitive financing market there are a number of options available to business owners seeking funding. When it comes to the purchase, refinance or renovation of commercial real estate, borrowers owe it to themselves to look at all of the possibilities, including the Small Business Administration's 7(a) Loan Program.

May 04, 2015 | By Robert Scott | Business Journal Stories


Inspired By a Marketing Campaign, a Business Adopts the Moniker for its New Studio

When Gary Miller opened his green screen studio in Valencia, he was inspired by the marketing moniker of "Awesometown" given the area by Newhall Land and so he named his own film studio Awesometown Studios.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Short-Film Producer Opens SCV Studio to House His Projects and Others

A Star Trek devotee, Alec Peters of Axanar Productions raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter in the past year – enough to help finance his next production and open a new film studio in the Santa Clarita Valley – Ares Studios on Industry Drive in the Valencia Commerce Center. Click here to read Peters' full story.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Reworking an Age-Old Industry Model Leads to Growth

Scoprion Design mastered the art of website design, analytics and Internet marketing for their legal clients, but stopped to take a look at the way they assisted their health care customers in the age of Affordable Healthcare Act. Upon examined, the Valencia firm decided to rip up their existing model which required heft upfront investments from hospitals, and redesign their business model by challenging the status quo and admitting that "what got us here won't get us there." Read what Scorpion Healthcare division's Vice President told the SCVBJ said the firm did to reinvent their wheel by clicking ...

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


You Have to Coach Your Employees

One maxim of leadership is that you need to coach your employees if you want better results from them.

April 08, 2015 | By Ken Keller Real Clear Business Advice | Business Journal Stories


State’s Largest Independent Oil and Natural Gas Producer Helmed by SCV Resident

When Occidental Petroleum spun off it's California operations, Santa Clarita Valley resident Todd Stevens took over as CEO and President of the newly created California Resources Corp. From a Q&A with Stevens, find out about plans for the state's largest independent oil and natural gas producer. To read the full Q&A click here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Studios Welcomed

When 2014 filming activity in Santa Clarita broke a record for the fifth consecutive year, officials with the city's film office predicted this January that growth would only continue due to the success of the local incentive program and the enhanced film incentive program enacted by the state last year.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Firm Positions itself as the Nordstrom of the Property Management Industry

A Santa Clarita Valley property management firm which launched in the shadows of the housing market crash has grown from a small office and a handful of employees to one with three offices, managing over 90 homeowner associations and employing 38 people within the period of time it took the economy to recover. To learn how they grew so quickly, read the full story here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Helicopter Repair Firm Moving to SCV

After two years in the making, H.E.R.O.S. Inc. - Helicopter Engine Repair & Overhaul Services Inc. – expects to be in their new Santa Clarita headquarters this May. Acquiring a new building, new test equipment and spending $4.5 million to relocate is no easy task. Read the whole story here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Technology drives brick and mortar changes at Mission Valley

As technology has driven changes in the way merchants and consumers conduct their banking, so too has it changed the need for larger footprints of space and multiple branches leading Mission Valley Bank to consolidate two of its Santa Clarita branches, said an executive with the bank. To read the full story click here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Medical Center Sold to Investors

A medical center on Valencia Blvd., with recognizable architectural features, has been sold for $16.3 million to an investment firm. Read the full story here.

April 08, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Mission: Keep a Barn Lit on Fire All Night without Burning Down

Launched in 1973, Firetect is everywhere flames aren't. Manufacturing their own fire retardant products, the Santa Clarita firm owned by Kathleen and Randy Newman, helps to protect globally known theme parks and film studios to keep their properties and the people who inhabit them safe from fire.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


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