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Mori Seiki honored with SACTO award

In honor of its significant investment in the region, Mori Seiki Co. Ltd. has been selected to receive the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization’s 2012 Salute to New Industry Award. Mori Seiki, an international machine tool manufacturing company, is constructing its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Davis, and will be the largest employment creation […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Morse to offer remodeling advice at open house Sunday

Morse Remodeling Inc., a local design-build firm with almost 20 years of experience working in the Davis community, will open its doors Sunday to provide the public with an inside look at the remodeling industry. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at Morse’s office and design studio, 2860 W. Covell Blvd., Suite […]

March 25, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

UC Davis students build a hybrid race car

In a shop filled with motors, airplane models and parts in numbered ziplock bags, Alejandro Hernandez attaches brake lines to the front of the frame of a hybrid car.

“If we’re going to fire (the engine), we need brakes,” Hernandez says as he gives instructions to the six people standing around the car. “We need all the people we can get because it’s a lengthy process.”

The vehicle, called the FH3, is a gas- and electric-powered car built entirely by UC Davis students. Hernandez is the team captain of UC Davis Formula Hybrid, a team of about 20 people who regularly work long hours to design and build the car.

March 20, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Blaming Occupy protests, U.S. Bank shuts campus branch

U.S. Bank has closed its Memorial Union branch and terminated a contract worth millions of dollars to UC Davis because of Occupy protests. Both U.S. Bank and the university have traded accusations that the other has not held up its end of the deal since the daily protests began taking place in January. Meanwhile, protesters […]

Marrone’s Regalia ingredient included in FRAC’s code list

Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., which creates natural products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced that the active ingredient in its Regalia biofungicide, Reynoutria sachalinensis, has been included in the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee’s 2012 code list, following an extensive technical review. FRAC, a technical group of CropLife International, is a global association […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

County real estate sales

Address    Sale price Davis (95616) 2017 Alta Loma St.  $151,000 2142 Bella Casa St.  204,000 124 Faro Ave.  218,000 286 Cottage Cir.  270,500 1110 E. Eighth St.  309,000 3307 Curlew St.  310,000 Davis (95618) 3109 Florinda Ln.  $480,000 4351 Mahogany Ln. 660,000 3737 Gaviota Pl. 845,000 Woodland (95695) 603 Woodland Ave.  $117,500 34150 County […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Garcia joins Yolo Federal as marketing coordinator

Yolo Federal Credit Union has named Kelley Garcia as its new marketing coordinator. Garcia, who was previously the administrative/marketing assistant for RE/MAX Real Estate of Woodland, will lead the credit union’s youth program including financial literacy presentations and the CU @ School on-site savings program. In addition, Garcia will coordinate workshops and community events, and […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

PG&E shows small businesses how to save energy, money

A handful of business owners listened to a presentation Thursday night by PG&E on how to implement energy-efficient practices that would help reduce their bottom lines. And as PG&E is restructuring its utility bills this fall to offer incentives for saving energy — due to a mandate by the California Public Utilities Commission — the […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Ford hones its Edge

Talk about perfect timing. For 2012, Ford added a fuel-thrifty, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to its mid-size Edge sport utility vehicle. The move came just months ahead of today’s gasoline prices averaging more than $3.80 a gallon in the United States and gives fuel-conscious shoppers something other than small cars to consider. In fact, the 2012 […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Home Improvements Group wins design awards

The Home Improvements Group, a design/build firm in Woodland, recently won four design awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s California Capital Chapter. The awards were for work the firm completed in 2011. Honors included first place as well judge’s choice for the group’s design and construction of a master bathroom in Davis. The […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Yolo Federal helps community save

Yolo Federal Credit Union announced that it’s nearing its goal to save the community $1 million in loan interest by June 30. Less than two months into the campaign and not even halfway through this challenge, Yolo Federal already has saved the community $467,819 in loan interest, the credit union reported. “Our mission is to […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Capay Valley Vineyards wins gold

Tastings.com, an independent wine review, has awarded a gold medal to Capay Valley Vineyards’ estate-bottled cabernet sauvignon, giving it 91 points. The cabernet also received a best buy recommendation. “Our company’s mission is to produce high-quality wines at affordable prices,” said Capay Valley Vineyards owner Tom Frederick in a news release. “The depth of the competition […]

March 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Towing with the Toyota Tacoma

If you want to tow something of any decent weight, you will need a truck. Domestic manufacturers are engaged in a torque war with their diesel trucks —they’re pushing 800 pound-feet of torque and those beasts can tow more than 24,000 pounds. But some of us may not need that much truck. The problem is […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Despite Target, Davis shoppers still head downtown

When the city first proposed luring Target to Davis, many people worried the big-box store would harm local businesses, especially in the downtown core.

But au contraire.

According to a study by a research team from the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, the downtown has not seen a substantial reduction in shopping frequency since Target opened in 2009 on the east side of the city.

The researchers set out in 2009 on a “before-and-after” study that focused on vehicle miles of travel trends for Davis shoppers.

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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