CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1997 |
For the first time, the Ventura City Council voted to defer the fees that a local company must pay for road improvements. Lost Arrow Corp., the parent corporation of Patagonia Inc., which recently completed construction of a building at 280 W. Main St., was assessed $53,789 in traffic fees by the city. The fee was based on a formula the city uses to estimate how much increased traffic a new building or office will generate, and how much a developer must pay.
April 2, 1996 |
Patagonia, the Ventura-based manufacturer of outdoor clothing, has begun moving merchandise from its Ventura distribution center to its new Reno Service Center. The move to the 170,000-square-foot Nevada location, announced last year, will be completed by mid-July, said Patagonia spokeswoman Lu Setnicka. Patagonia, a division of Lost Arrow Corp., will continue to house its administrative headquarters in Ventura.
June 2, 1992 |
Outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia Inc. has scrapped plans to move its distribution center from Ventura to Missoula, Mont. "Our worldwide headquarters are in Ventura to stay, and I foresee no further steps to relocate the distribution unit," spokeswoman Megan Montgomery said. Montgomery said Patagonia's work force in Ventura County has stabilized at about 280, down from 350 a year ago. The company employs 540 worldwide. "We don't expect any further cutbacks," she said.
December 6, 1990 |
Patagonia Public Affairs Director Kevin Sweeney was ruminating recently about his company's staunch environmentalism. Patagonia's green agenda, he said, helps attract and keep quality employees and makes people proud to work for the company. "So many institutions in our society have broken down," Sweeney said. "People need to belong to something." Patagonia's ambitious recycling effort symbolizes the outlook of many of the company's 425 local employees.
September 21, 1999 |
David Coulter, who quit as president of BankAmerica Corp. a year ago after the largest U.S. bank posted a surprise loss, was hired by the Beacon Group to run the private equity and merger firm's West Coast business. Coulter, 52, will work in Los Angeles for New York-based Beacon, according to a Sept. 17 memo to investors in the firm's funds. The Beacon Group is focusing on developing relationships with the chief executives of mid-sized companies, the memo said.
April 23, 1989 |
Being nice is just good business at sportswear maker Patagonia, where keeping workers happy is so important that an occasional "surf break" can replace the traditional coffee break. The brainchild of business rebel Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia broke ground in the 1970s by thumbing its nose at fashion standards with an emphasis on function over style, as well as by nurturing employee contentment. Patagonia is part of a national trend that finds many companies beefing up benefits to recruit and retain employees.