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May 2011
In This Issue
Vail Resorts to Invest $30 Million at Northstar
Renesas Electronics Sells Roseville Chip Plant to Telefunken
Placer Ranks 3rd Healthiest County in State
Free ADA Compliance Seminar - May 19
Rocklin's Pipenology Bought by National Company
New Owner's Bring New Life to Auburn's Beach Hut Deli
Lincoln's Feats of Clay XXIV Tours Start May 4
HELIX Environmental Opens 1st Northern California Office
Annual Tahoe City Wine Walk Set for June 18
Bukovina Naturopathic Medicine Relocates, Adds Day Spa
People in Business: Family Doctor Moves Practice
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Vail Resorts to Invest $30 Million at Northstar

Vail Resorts announced in March a $30 million investment plan for Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort that includes new restaurants, national retail outlets, and 10 percent more ski terrain for the 2011-12 winter season. Vail Resorts, which also owns Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe, purchased Northstar in late 2010. On-mountain improvements will include a detachable express quad chairlift to be installed this summer on "The Backside" of the mountain, providing access to expanded terrain and new ski trails. An on-mountain restaurant will be constructed near the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Express lift. Plans for Northstar Village include adding national retail outlets Patagonia and Burton and a new restaurant. For details visit Sierra Sun at click here or Vail Resorts at click here. 

Renesas Electronics Sells Roseville Chip Plant to Telefunken

 

Renesas Electronics Corp, formerly known as NEC Electronics, recently sold its 620-employee facility to Germany's Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC. The $53 million deal will close May 2. Though it's a small company, Telefunken plans to invest up to $80 million to triple the capacity of the plant over the next three years, said Subba Rao Pinamaneni, president and chief executive. As part of the deal, Telefunken said it signed an agreement to make chips for Renesas's customers. But Pinamaneni said the company's main interest in the Roseville plant was to expand its own manufacturing capacity. For details, visit the Sacramento Bee at click here.

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 Placer Ranks 3rd Healthiest County in State

Placer County is the third healthiest in the state, a new county health assessment project shows. (Marin was first, San Benito second.) The collection of community reports is a joint project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. A community's health depends on many factors, ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of healthy care and the environment, the report concluded. The goal of the project is to show community leaders that where people live, work, and play influences how healthy they are and how long they live. Placer ranked No. 1 on social and economic factors. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or County Health Rankings at click here.

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Free ADA Compliance Seminar - May 19  

BUSINESSES WITHOUT BARRIERS Seminar: "Making Your Business Accessible to Persons with Disabilities."  Learn about your responsibilities as a manager, employer, or business owner regarding ADA guidelines including the ten (10) most common physical access mistakes small businesses make. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the Auburn Connections office 1919 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn.  No cost to attend. For more information, contact Cindy Sherbeck 530-823-4631 or sherbeck@goldensierra.com.

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Rocklin's Pipenology Bought by National Company

A Rocklin-area pipe contractor, Pipenology, founded in 2007, was recently bought by SAK Construction, a pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling services contractor headquartered in St. Louis. The deal will not affect Pipenology's 26 employees in Rocklin, said Charlie Kuhnmuench, a SAK vice president. "Pipenology will continue to operate in its existing role," he said. The addition of Pipenology will expand SAK's Western presence. It already has major contracts in seven Western states.  SAK offers service in large diameter tunneling and trenchless technologies. The company's clients include city, county and state agencies; federal agencies, industrial sectors; municipalities, and water and sewer cooperatives. SAK had gross revenues exceeding $70 million in 2010. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or the Sacramento Bee at click here.

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 New Owner's Bring New Life to Auburn's Beach Hut Deli

 

Meadow Vista residents Matt and Katie Kreeger recently purchased the Beach Hut Deli franchise in Auburn. Katie, a mortgage broker who owns her own company, Innovative Lending Solutions, has bid on the franchise for the past several years. The Kreegers have ambitious plans for their Beach Hut - a new deck, more seating, a thatch-covered tiki hut. They're also adding more catering and live entertainment. The deli is known for its surfing-themed sandwiches, such as the Hobie, the Santa Cruz, and the Sunburn (a special made of sliced chicken breast and red sauce, ranch dressing, jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, and onion on a toasted French roll). The deli, open every day, is located at 4035 Grass Valley Hwy. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here or Beach Hut Deli at click here.

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Lincoln's Feats of Clay XXIV Tours Start May 4

Called Placer County's "most unique event," Lincoln's Feats of Clay brings together the best of contemporary ceramic art displayed in the historic Gladding McBean terra cotta factory. The competition has become one of the most important shows in the nation. A winning entry - or even a piece displayed in the show - is an impressive addition to any artist's resume. More than 1,000 entries are received each year, but fewer than 100 are chosen for the show. Feats of Clay also highlights Gladding McBean's industrial clay process and the history of architectural terra cotta, an important part of Lincoln's history. Docents will lead tours of the show May 4 - 29. The 90-minute tours are $12 per person and are wheel-chair accessible. For reservations (required), call (916) 645-9713. For details, visit Lincoln Arts click here.

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HELIX Environmental Opens 1st Northern California Office

HELIX Environmental Planning has opened its first office in Northern California, in Auburn, and added Jeff Glazner and Matt Fremont to the company. Glazner, co-founder and principal of North Fork Associates, located in Auburn, is bringing the firm's biology and natural resources practice to HELIX. HELIX's expansion from its base in San Diego into Auburn was spurred by the steady increase in federal and state-funded projects in areas from the Tahoe Basin to the San Francisco Bay Delta. Glazner is a professional wetland scientist and biological consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley regions. Fremont is a project manager with a strong background in planning. The Auburn office is located at 110 Maple St., Ste. 100. For details, visit HELIX at click here.

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Annual Tahoe City Wine Walk Set for June 18

On June 18, noon to 4 p.m., North Tahoe residents and visitors to the area are invited to stroll through beautiful Tahoe City while shopping, tasting wine, listening to live music, and sampling delicious dishes from North Tahoe restaurants and caterers. The Wine Walk is the flagship event of the Tahoe City Heart & Solstice Festival, sponsored by the Tahoe City Downtown Association. The festival celebrates the start of summer by showcasing Tahoe City through a variety of events. The Wine Walk features wines of the Sierra and food samplings at shops and restaurants throughout downtown. Other festival events include a Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show, PaddleFest on Lake Tahoe, and the opening of the summer series, Concerts at Commons Beach. For details, visit Tahoe City Wine Walk at click here or Tahoe City Downtown Association at click here.

Bukovina Naturopathic Medicine Relocates, Adds Day Spa 

In April, Bukovina Naturopathic Medicine and Organic Day Spa celebrated the grand opening of its new Downtown Auburn location, at 826 Lincoln Way. Owners and naturopathic doctors Cari Thachuk and Heidi Hook say they aspire to find the root cause of disease and then provide a foundation so that people heal and reach their optimal health. Spa services include facials, massage therapy, detox footbath, and Eminence skin care. Also on staff are an esthetician and nutrition consultant. Bukovina has been in business in Auburn for four years. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday. For details, visit Bukovina at click here or the Auburn Journal at  click here.

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People in Business:  Family Doctor Moves Practice   

Dr. Daniel Sewell has moved his office to a new Auburn location, 13555 Bowman Road, Ste. 100. A Loomis native, Sewell is a board-certified family medicine physician who has practiced in the Auburn area since 2004. He recently joined Sutter Independent Physicians. Sewell has special interest in preventative, wilderness, and sports medicine. He has served locally as the medical advisor for various ultra-marathon events, as well as for the football teams at Del Oro and Golden Sierra high schools. After receiving his medical degrees, Sewell completed his three-year residency with Scottsdale Healthcare in Arizona, where he was the Outstanding first-year resident and later served as chief resident. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here.

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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