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March 2011
In This Issue
TGH Aviation Wins Defense Contracts for $1.5 Million
SureWest 2010 Profits Rise
Sutter Rehab Institute Garners Three-year Accreditation
Horizon West Likely to Hire after Acquisition
Roseville Arts' Blue Line Gallery Shows 'Masterpieces'
Topps Bazooka Buys Auburn Candy Business
United Auburn Tribe Allocated $500,000 for Nonprofits
Rand McNally Rates Lake Tahoe No. 1 Ski Destination
Auburn Symphony to Present 'Spring Songs, Summer Revels'
Sierra College Center Offers 'Lean' Applied Technologies Workshop
Free Disaster Prepardness Workshop
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TGH Aviation

TGH Aviation Wins Defense Contracts for $1.5 Million 

TGH Aviation of Auburn, one of the world's leading providers of aircraft flight systems support, was recently awarded three contracts by the U.S. Department of Defense. The contracts, valued at $1.5 million, are for aviation equipment repair services. "We are pleased that the Department of Defense has the utmost confidence in TGH's knowledge and expertise to partner with us in this extended effort," CEO Richard T. Anderson said in a press release. The company, originally called The Gyro House, moved from San Bernardino to the Auburn Airport in 1972. The company has grown from 35 to 42 employees since late 2009. The most recent contracts could possibly mean more hires. "Every single day we're expanding on our current capabilities based on requests we get through our commercial and government client base," said Steve Williams, TGH's vice president of sales and marketing. For details visit the Auburn Journal at click here or TGH Aviation at click here. 

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SureWest 2010 Profits Rise 

 

SureWest Communications earned $3.4 million on revenue of $243.5 million in 2010, up from earning $667,700 on revenue of $241.7 million in 2009. In the fourth quarter, the Roseville-based telephone and communications company earned $2 million on $61.6 million, up from a loss of $100,000 on revenue of $60.3 million. "Our strong 2010 results were driven by top-line business and residential services revenue growth," said Steve Oldham, SureWest chief executive officer, in a statement. He said the company's broadband segment continues to grow, and it now accounts for 73 percent of the company's total revenue, up 69 percent in 2009. Broadband business revenue grew 17 percent year-over-year, he added. Started 95 years ago as Roseville Telephone Co., SureWest provides high-bandwidth communications to residential and business customers. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here SureWest Communications at click here. 

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Sutter Rehab Institute Garners Three-year Accreditation

For its delivery of state-of-the-art intensive rehabilitation for patients disabled by illness or injury, Sutter Rehabilitation Institute at Sutter Roseville Medical Center recently received three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  Sutter's institute is the only rehab facility in the area to garner the designation for specialty care, brain injury, and stroke. It is the region's only stand-alone facility dedicated exclusively to rehabilitation. The center was designed by a team of professionals and former rehab patients to provide patients with a welcoming environment and all the tools and technology they need to adjust to physical changes and gain daily living skills. Each institute patient receives attentive, personalized care and three hours of daily therapy from a team of multidisciplinary experts. For details, visit Sutter Roseville at click here.

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Horizon West Likely to Hire after Acquisition 

Employee count at Horizon West Healthcare Inc. is expected to increase after the nursing home company is purchased by Plum Healthcare Group LLC of San Marcos. Known for increasing staff and investing money in nursing homes it buys, Plum announced in February it is acquiring Horizon West. The deal is expected to close within three months. Rocklin-based Horizon West operates 27 nursing homes with 3,100 employees. Plum operates 23 skilled-nursing facilities with 4,100 employees. That staffing comparison shows where Horizon West will end up over time, said Mark Ballif, co-chief executive officer of Plum. For more, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or the Auburn Journal at click here.

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Roseville Arts' Blue Line Gallery Shows 'Masterpieces'

"Masterpiece Medley," Roseville Arts' 39th annual membership show, is on display at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville through April 2. A reception for the juried show was held March 19 during Third Saturday Art Walk. The show includes the work of 50 artists, from as far away as Texas, selected by juror Elaine O'Brien, an art history professor at CSUS. Included in the show is a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, including photography, painting, watercolor, fabric painting, mixed media, and metals. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Blue Line Gallery is located at 405 Vernon St., Ste. 100, Roseville. For details visit the Roseville Press Tribune at click here or Roseville Arts at click here.

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Topps Bazooka Buys Auburn Candy Business   

 

An Auburn-based candy company is experiencing some very sweet success. Topps Bazooka, the New York-based company known for Bazooka bubblegum and baseball cards, recently purchased Sharkies, Inc., which created and sells organic fruit chews. Dwight Sinclair, who established Sharkies in 2003 and operates it from a 5,000-square-foot building at the Auburn Airport Business Park, said the Bazooka team approached him in early 2010. The company makes Sharkies in four flavors of energy-boosting gel candy for adults and also has a kids' snacks line. Its newest product is an Omega 3 fruit twist for kids, available in two flavors. "Our entire goal from the beginning was to offer a healthy solution to both children and adults during active activity," Sinclair said. "Topps and Bazooka will help us grow the brand and offer this to a much larger audience with their wonderful distribution reach." For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here or Sharkies, Inc. at click here.

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United Auburn Tribe Allocated $500,000 for Nonprofits 

The United Auburn Indian Community recently allocated $500,000 to its community fund for 2011. The money will be donated to nonprofit organizations in Placer County. "The tribe has come a long way over the past few years, and we are proud to have the ability to invest in the community that has supported us," David Keyser, chairman of the UAIC, said in a statement. Since it started in 2004, the Community Giving Program has donated more than $8.6 million to nonprofit organizations. (Applications for 2011 were due by March 1.) The UAIC Community Giving Committee focuses on educational programs and social service organizations, particularly those serving struggling and underserved persons and families. The UAIC owns Thunder Valley Casino Resort. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or the United Auburn Indian Community at click here.

 

Rand McNally Rates Lake Tahoe No. 1 Ski Destination

Rand McNally recently named Lake Tahoe as the No. 1 ski destination for the 2010-11 season. The ranking is based on travel bookings to the destination when compared to other winter locations throughout the U.S and Canada. "This particular acknowledgement  indicates a positive outlook for the local economy by highlighting our successful visitor bookings for the season," said Carol Chapin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. "Even in a tough economy, folks find ways to make quality recreation part of their budget." Other Lake Tahoe awards include top rankings from TripAdvisor, Orbitz.com, Ski Magazine, Skiing Magazine, and Transworld Snowboarding. For details, visit the Sierra Sun at

click here or North Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at click here. 

Auburn Symphony
Auburn Symphony to Present 'Spring Songs, Summer Revels'

Mendelssohn, Handel, Delius, Ponchielli, and Tchaikovsky - works by these composers will make for a kaleidoscope of musical pleasures at Auburn Symphony's last subscription concert of the season Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., with a repeat performance Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. Both concerts will be held at Placer High School Auditorium, in Auburn. The concert will feature the Sierra College Choir and the Apollo Chorus performing with the orchestra Handel's Coronation Anthem, "The King Shall Rejoice." For details and tickets, visit Auburn Symphony at click here.

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Sierra College Center Offers 'Lean' Applied Technologies Workshop  

Attention companies struggling to meet increased demand with limited staff:  are you missing deadlines or finding yourself with a backlog of unfilled orders? AValue Stream Mapping (VSM) workshop on how to increase capacity without adding costs will dramatically help your companies' ability to meet customers' needs. Workshop participants will see the step-by-step development of current and future state value stream maps and how they can be used with improvement initiatives.The workshop is set for April 5 & 6 at Roseville Gateway campus, 333 Sunrise Ave., and is taught by Jes Vargas, of DPMG Corp. and a Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) consultant.  The cost is $50.  For details and to register email training@sierracollege.edu or visit click here.

Golden Sierra JTA

Free Disaster Preparedness Workshop   

Accidents happen. Is your business prepared for any kind of emergency, be it earthquake, utility disruption or manmade disasters? According to FEMA, companies should plan in advance to manage any emergency situation.  How quickly your company can get back to business after a major disaster often depends on emergency planning done today. Funded by the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board and sponsored by Placer County and the City of Roseville, a free emergency preparedness workshop is being held on Thursday, April 21, at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville.  Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and includes a free Continental Breakfast. The Panel Presentation starts promptly at 9 a.m. and includes presentations by Placer County OES, City of Roseville Emergency Services, the American Red Cross and the SBA Disaster Loan Program.  All attendees will receive useful disaster preparation materials to assist in developing a business disaster preparation plan. The workshop is two hours in length. RSVP at (530) 886-4651 or register online at www.placer.ca.gov/business.

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In Progress Online (IPOL), an economic development e-mail newsletter, is published bi-monthly. IPOL covers the latest news on Placer County business and industry, agriculture, tourism, and the arts. It reports on new projects in our cities and towns and keeps readers up to date on the state of the region's economy. IPOL posts news of state and local training, incentives, and loan programs that benefit business. It provides links to more information on each item. News about your business is always welcome.  Please send items, questions, comments, or suggestions to the Office of Economic Development at econdev@placer.ca.gov or visit the OED Web site. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News