CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1996 |
A Chatsworth-based manufacturer officially broke ground this week on a $20-million Oxnard headquarters, which is expected to attract more than 500 jobs and boost the local economy. Construction on Haas Automation Inc.'s 415,000-square-foot building at Rice Avenue and Sturgis Road actually started last week. The company expects to begin relocating all of its operations to the facility, set on 76 acres, in December.
March 17, 1996 |
For a good long stretch, Alfonso Suarez lived a farm worker's dream. Nearly two decades ago, the 44-year-old Mexican immigrant stepped out of the fields and into a job at an Oxnard cannery that has supplied steady work and generous paychecks to generations of local residents. Back then, he remembers thinking that he had punched his ticket to lifetime employment.
January 10, 1996 |
Walking among the rows of brass creatures at his foundry, Stan Reich isn't one to pass artistic judgment. Unlike some art foundries, Image Casting Inc. is a place where artists' wills can run free. In the foundry business, tempers can flare if artist-owners try to exert too much influence over artist-customers. "We just make what the artist wants," said Reich, who runs the largest art foundry in Ventura County.
August 16, 1994 |
Oxnard is on the verge of getting its first major industrial construction project of the 1990s. Waterway Plastics Inc., a producer of valves and other parts used in swimming pools and spas, hopes to build an 82,000-square-foot warehouse next to its plant on East Sturgis Road. The project has already been given an official green light, says Alex Herrera of the city's Planning Department. Unless someone objects during a 15-day waiting period, the structure is on the way, he adds.
August 3, 1993 |
Fast work by Oxnard officials helped save at least 40 Ventura County jobs at Casual Living Worldwide Inc., a patio furniture manufacturer that was being heavily wooed by Arizona redevelopment officials. Casual Living, a privately held firm with $10 million in annual sales, has outgrown the three small buildings it occupies in Oxnard's Channel Islands Business Center, company President Dale Boles said. "We've been growing despite a general downturn in our industry," Boles said.
April 27, 1993 |
Oxnard has failed to make a short list of locations being considered for a can-manufacturing plant by a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Cos. "I'm afraid the city isn't close enough to our brewery in Van Nuys," says Mark Armstrong, a spokesman for Metal Container Corp., the Anheuser packaging unit.