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Archive By Section - 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


SCV Office Vacancy Rate Low Compared to Surrounding Markets

Office vacancies in the Santa Clarita Valley dropped nearly 7 percent in 2013, ending 2014 in the fourth quarter with a 14.8 percent vacancy rate, according to Colliers International. Nearly 80,000 square feet of multi-tenant office space was leased by year-end 2014.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Local Company Poised to Take Giant-3M Products

After more than two decades of research and product development, Santa Clarita's 3D International LLC is betting on being able to eat into a portion of market share held by the global 3M Company. And experts with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation are betting the company can do it so they've pitched in to set the company up for continued success.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


The Building Trends They Are a Changin’

Tom Wulf, Board President

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Moving Boldly by Buying When No One Else Wants To

Lance Williams, President and CEO

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Lessons Learned: Moving Boldly by Buying When No One Else Wants To

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March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Grocery Retailer Plans to Bring Cool Northwest Vibe to Two Vons Stores

Within mere weeks, Pacific Northwest-based Haggen will begin the gradual conversion of Santa Clarita's two Vons grocery stores in Valencia and Saugus. And those stores aren't the only ones the small Bellingham, Wash. grocery retailer will be re-branding.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


SCV Resident Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for 3D Printing

One of Santa Clarita's own was inducted into the 43rd National Inventors Hall of Fame at the Smithsonian last year. Canyon Country resident Charles Hull is credited as being the inventor of stereolithography – the first commercial rapid prototyping technology commonly known today as 3D Printing. And Hull is also the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems on Hercules Street in Valencia.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


New Retail Center Planned for Copper Hill Drive

With construction expected to begin soon, a new retail shopping center is slated for Copper Hill Drive and Camino Del Arte in Santa Clarita. Using the working name of West Hills Plaza, developer Ahmad Ghaderi closed the deal in buying the property in June of 2014, with a purchase price of $5.569 million.

March 03, 2015 | Signal Staff | Business Journal Stories


Rethinking Building for Hot Climates Leads to the Cool Brick

3D Printing has come a long way since its inception. In the not so distant past stereolithic printing was used to make-one off parts for machinery, and more recently made its way into the health care field producing body parts for hip, knee or jaw bone replacements, and more. Today 3D printing is making an entry into the building industry. And now a Cool Brick can help keep your entire house cool.

March 03, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Four Brand-New Bills to Watch This Legislative Session

So California begins another legislative session – and with an influx of freshman lawmakers. However, this doesn't yet appear to have resulted in new and different legislation. An early look shows that businesses in the state may be in for another two years of fighting the same old battles.

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


Reengaging Your Employees

I first noticed the phrase 'employee engagement' when reading Fast Company magazine in the summer of 2001.

March 03, 2015 | By Ken Keller Real Clear Business Advice | 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


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Lessons Learned: It isn’t Always Smart to Go Full Steam, but Hey, ‘Schiit’ Happens

Listening to Jason Stoddard describe the growth of his company Schiit Audio one could fully envision him on TV series "Shark Tank" one day – except, that Stoddard says he can't imagine what he'd ask for.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SIDEBAR: Audio Firm Plans for Growth

Walking into the office of Schiit Audio, Business Outreach and Communications Manager for the SCV Economic Development Corporation, Christopher Girdwood said co-owner Jason Stoddard was the classic engineer. "He had 700 little electronic devices sitting on his work benches," Girdwood said.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Valencia Grows by Keeping a Dinosaur Alive and Roaring

Dennis Nobile of Sun Air Parts has built a thriving business on a dying old aircraft engine – namely the Pratt & Whitney engines once used in McDonnell Douglas DC-3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s, and World War II fighter plans.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SCV Couple Unofficially Break Cross Country Drive Record in a Tesla

Carl Reese and his fiancé Deena Mastracci of Santa Clarita, along with a group of friends worked together to set a world record driving cross country in an all-electric vehicle with a combined drive and charge time of just 58 hours and 55 minutes. That time broke an undocumented record taken by two car guys at Edmunds.com when they took the trip in 67 hours and 21 minutes. Now all they have to do is wait for Guinness World Records to certify they broke the record. Click here to read about their trip.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Valencia warehouse sells for nearly $4.7 million

A nearly 45,000 square foot warehouse in the Valencia Industrial Center was sold by NAI Capital for $4.65 million. Click here to read about the seller and buyer.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Valencia Grows by Outdoor Retail and Entertainment District Planned

While still in the early stages, if all goes as planned for Newhall Land Development Inc.'s master plan project, the community known as Entrada North will include significant commercial development for the area. Click here to read the complete story.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Avalon Investment Company is moving forward with Phase II of its industrial space development in the

Avalon Investment Company is moving forward with Phase II of its industrial space development in the Valencia Commerce Center. The speculative building project plan calls for 44,167 square feet of space, which can divide into a 20,499 and 23,668 square foot space. Click here to read the entire story.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Retail sales exceed $2 billion in Santa Clarita

Retail sales helped push the city of Santa Clarita up one more notch on the annual ranking of California's largest retail markets, again landing it in a small circle of cities generating in excess of $2 billion a year, according to a newly released report.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Historic Agua Dulce Property for Lease

The old Sierra Inn restaurant and bar built in 1932 in Agua Dulce has been put on the market for lease, although zoning for commercial space has changed, said a Realtor representing the property.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Group to Survey Firms to Assess Business Climate

In its second annual survey of businesses to identify hot button topics, members from three business organizations are personally visiting companies and gathering data on the Santa Clarita Valley business climate to identify ways to help companies grow. Click here to see what the plan is and which hot topics the group expects to see surface this year.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


VIA Switches Up B2B Event

Poole & Shaffery law Partners John H. Shaffery and Michael S. Little described types of cyber theft schemes at a breakout session entitled "Cyber Breaches" for the attendees of the Valley Industry Association's B2B 2015 CEO Forum held at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyon in Valencia. Click here for the full story.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Fighter Plane’s Flight Simulator at Valencia Firm

Lockheed Martin set up its interactive cockpit demonstrator of its F-35 Lightning II fifth generation stealth fighter plane at FMI Aerostructures Valencia facility in May. FMI, a woman-owned business created in 1978, provides a multitude of structural parts for the fighter jet.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


KB Home Homebuilding Designs Recognized by EPA

KB Home Southern California was named Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the fifth straight year.

June 02, 2015 | By Jana Adkins SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


SCV Voices: Building a Brand with Custom Design

At Impressions In Thread we know that today's customers are looking for guarantees, prompt turn- around time, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service.

June 02, 2015 | By Nikki Digirolama Impressions In Thread | Business Journal Stories


SCV Voices: Building Your Customer Database Online

Getting traffic to your website isn't enough. You need a way to convert visitors into leads or sales. It is rare to make the sale on the first visit. So gathering visitor information and bringing people back to your website is essential.

June 02, 2015 | By Anya Smilanick Small Dog Creative | Business Journal Stories


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