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California Corporate Moves

California Corporate Moves

Quallion Lithium Battery Plant Boosts Green Jobs Quallion has announced plans to expand its lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in Sylmar, CA, creating hundreds of green jobs in Southern California. “Now, more than ever, America understands the need to invest in home-grown clean energy technologies for automobiles and heavy-duty trucks that reduce gasoline consumption and decrease CO2 emissions,” said Paul Beach, Quallion President. “Lithium ion batteries manufactured in Quallion’s new facility will deliver a real and immediate clean energy solution that will also greatly improve our country’s energy independence and deliver jobs when Americans need them most.” If its application for U.S. Department of Energy funding is accepted, the construction of Quallion’s facility will create more than 500 construction and manufacturing jobs, the company said. Once completed, the facility has the potential to create up to 2,350 long-term jobs in Southern California and across the country, supporting the production and installation of advanced lithium ion battery technology for heavy duty trucks. The facility, which will be fully operational by 2012, could produce more than 20,000 lithium ion batteries each year. DOE funding will allow Quallion to build on its experience manufacturing large-format lithium ion batteries for military vehicles and leverage the benefits of mass production by setting up a right-sized production facility, which will allow it to implement many of its proprietary technologies. Quallion’s Zero-Volt™ battery technology allows the charge in high-voltage batteries to be completely removed while they are handled by technicians. The initial focus for Quallion’s new facility will be the production of zero-emission advanced lithium ion batteries designed to replace engine idling as a power source for stationary trucks. With the DOE funds, Quallion says it will be able to deliver a “shovel ready” clean energy solution that enables the 1 million heavy trucks on U.S. roads to comply with the growing number of anti-idling laws. Quallion currently produces high volume medical and military batteries as well as custom-designed aerospace batteries.Quallion LLC was founded in 1998 by biotechnology and aerospace entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann and lithium ion battery specialist Dr. Hisashi Tsukamoto. The company also develops new battery chemistries for the military, aerospace, medical and automotive industries. $100-Million Bleach Plant To Open in Pittsburg, CA A $100-million bleach manufacturing plant will be built and operated by K2 Pure Solutions at Dow Chemical Co.’s Pittsburg, CA site. K2 will put up the plant on 15 acres leased from Dow on its 513-acre east Contra Costa County site. Dow will supply raw materials. The new plant, expected to be […]


California Corporate Moves

California Corporate Moves

Moving Toward a Better Place Palo Alto-based startup company, Better Place, aims to bring an electric-car infrastructure system to the Bay Area. Its business model will provide the public with stations to charge vehicles and swap out leased batteries. California hopes to reinvigorate the state and region’s competitive advantage in innovative technology through public-private investments in electric vehicles and other elements of green frameworks. The state’s move toward a sustainable mobility model of electric vehicles fueled by renewable energy will ideally function as an economic and environmental stimulus blueprint for the entire country. The Bay Area will serve as the first region of California to make the switch from carbon-based transportation to sustainable mobility. According to early results of a study by Venture Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, widespread usage of electric vehicles over the course of two decades would save consumers $175 billion in fuel costs and bring a $120-billion boom for battery makers. “California is already a world leader in fighting global warming and promoting renewable energy,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This type of public-private partnership is exactly what I envisioned when we created the first ever low carbon fuel standard and when the state enacted the zero emissions vehicle program. This partnership is proof that by working together, we can achieve our goals of creating a healthier planet while boosting our economy at the same time.” Once the system is fully deployed, this move from greenhouse gas-emitting cars that run on fossil fuel, to clean, electric cars fueled by renewable energy, will be an estimated $1-billion network investment in the Bay Area. The Better Place model is an open network model built on industry standards, allowing for fixed battery and battery exchange electric vehicles to operate on the network. Better Place’s founder and CEO, Shai Agassi, hopes to wrap up permitting in the Bay Area by the end of 2009, roll out the infrastructure in 2010 and fine-tune its technology during the next several years as more electric cars come to market. “We hope that by the time we deploy, we’ll see Renault, Nissan [and] the three U.S. manufacturers developing cars that have a plug, and have the ability to drive around the city and charge as they go.” California is estimated to generate upwards of $2.5 billion in jobs building this new infrastructure, with billions more in car and battery sales to consumers. “The green technology industry is going to boom, and it is our job to ensure it booms here, in the […]


California Corporate Moves

California Corporate Moves

Moving Toward a Better Place Palo Alto-based startup company, Better Place, aims to bring an electric-car infrastructure system to the Bay Area. Its business model will provide the public with stations to charge vehicles and swap out leased batteries. California hopes to reinvigorate the state and region’s competitive advantage in innovative technology through public-private investments in electric vehicles and other elements of green frameworks. The state’s move toward a sustainable mobility model of electric vehicles fueled by renewable energy will ideally function as an economic and environmental stimulus blueprint for the entire country. The Bay Area will serve as the first region of California to make the switch from carbon-based transportation to sustainable mobility. According to early results of a study by Venture Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, widespread usage of electric vehicles over the course of two decades would save consumers $175 billion in fuel costs and bring a $120-billion boom for battery makers. “California is already a world leader in fighting global warming and promoting renewable energy,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This type of public-private partnership is exactly what I envisioned when we created the first ever low carbon fuel standard and when the state enacted the zero emissions vehicle program. This partnership is proof that by working together, we can achieve our goals of creating a healthier planet while boosting our economy at the same time.” Once the system is fully deployed, this move from greenhouse gas-emitting cars that run on fossil fuel, to clean, electric cars fueled by renewable energy, will be an estimated $1-billion network investment in the Bay Area. The Better Place model is an open network model built on industry standards, allowing for fixed battery and battery exchange electric vehicles to operate on the network. Better Place’s founder and CEO, Shai Agassi, hopes to wrap up permitting in the Bay Area by the end of 2009, roll out the infrastructure in 2010 and fine-tune its technology during the next several years as more electric cars come to market. “We hope that by the time we deploy, we’ll see Renault, Nissan [and] the three U.S. manufacturers developing cars that have a plug, and have the ability to drive around the city and charge as they go.” California is estimated to generate upwards of $2.5 billion in jobs building this new infrastructure, with billions more in car and battery sales to consumers. “The green technology industry is going to boom, and it is our job to ensure it booms here, in the […]






Metro Spotlight: Inland Empire, CA

Metro Spotlight: Inland Empire, CA

California Expands Its Inland Economic Empire The Inland Empire combines the majority of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, encompassing more than 50 cities, into the largest region of Southern California. Stretching 50 miles wide and 60 miles from north to south, the sprawling empire is surrounded by hills, valleys, and the Santa Ana and Santa Rosa mountain ranges. Its patchwork of small- and medium-sized cities, unincorporated communities, and suburban neighborhoods makes it the United States’ 14th largest metropolitan area. While its cities vary in size and income, economic growth within the entire empire is palpable, particularly in the financial services and retail industries. RANCHO’S BUSINESS BUZZ Rancho Cucamonga is abuzz with business activity. Corporations from various industries operate within the city, but Rancho has been especially attractive to companies specializing in R&D, health care, financial services, retail, and the insurance industry. Twenty-seven major office operations relocated or expanded in Rancho Cucamonga from 1994 to 2007, adding 3,619 employees to the city’s workforce. Some recent moves to Rancho include: • Co-Op Financial Services added 200   jobs in 2007. • Computek International created 20   jobs in 2006. • PFF Bank & Trust relocated its   headquarters and back office   operations in 2006. • Kiwanis International Western District   Office brought 50 jobs in 2005. • Ameriquest Mortgage added 250 jobs   in 2004. Rancho Cucamonga: A Range of Sites for a Range of Companies Rancho Cucamonga offers a wide range of leasable office space, which allows a variety of businesses to find the right site from which to base or expand their operations. Empire Corporate Plaza offers 400,000 square feet, including five two-story buildings varying in size from 75,636 square feet to 84,604 square feet. This project is currently leasing space. Vintner’s Grove is a 138,000-square-foot, master-planned office and medical campus, including a 100,000-square-foot Class “A” office building, as well as smaller buildings ranging in size from 4,276 to 4,690 square feet in a campus-style environment. Vintner’s is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2008. One Town Square is a four-story, 90,673-square-foot Class “A” office building. This mixed-use project features upscale apartment homes and work-live units, as well as restaurants. Each floor includes a 22,668-square-foot workspace. This complex is also scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2008. Cucamonga’s Question: Cash, Check, or Credit? Taxable retail sales in Rancho Cucamonga reached a record $2.6 billion in 2007. Over the years, Rancho Cucamonga’s Redevelopment Agency has encouraged growth of the retail industry, and national retailers have targeted the city’s affluent and upwardly mobile […]