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Watkins: California jobs boom not what it seems

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Central Coast, East Ventura County, South Coast, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

The Golden State has been outpacing the U.S. in job creation over the last three years, but all is not well. Skyrocketing housing costs mean that with a few exceptions clustered around the tech boom, California’s coastal counties are retirement havens, not entrepreneurship hubs. That’s the view from Bill Watkins, director of the California Economic Read More →

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United Way honors Ventura County, energy executive

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Nonprofits, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on United Way honors Ventura County, energy executive

United Way of Ventura County honored area energy executive Scott Corby and the county of Ventura with two of its top awards at its annual Spirit of Community Partnership Awards. Corby received the Milton M. Teague Award and county employees received the Roy Pinkerton award. More than 1,000 county employees contributed more than $100,000 to Read More →

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Haas Automation plots expansion in California after deal with state

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Haas Automation plots expansion in California after deal with state

Oxnard-based Haas Automation has struck a deal with state tax officials that could secure another machine-tool factory and thousands of high-end manufacturing jobs for Ventura County, according to people familiar with the company’s expansion plans.

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KeVita caps expansion with 50,000-square-foot Oxnard bottling plant

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on KeVita caps expansion with 50,000-square-foot Oxnard bottling plant

Oxnard-based probiotic drink manufacturer KeVita is expected to close on a new 50,000-square-foot bottling facility near its current home base at 2220 Celsius Ave.

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Influx of young professionals could drive Ventura County housing market

By   /  Friday, September 19th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Influx of young professionals could drive Ventura County housing market

Despite a record drought, short-sighted policy making and a slow-to-start generation of self-established young workers, the outlook for Ventura County is bright. “It should be another year of expansion — you pretty much count on that — and no recession in sight, at least not yet,” said Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast. Read More →

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Calavo posts record Q3, launches FreshRealm

By   /  Thursday, September 18th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Calavo posts record Q3, launches FreshRealm

Calavo Growers reported record third-quarter earnings, shattering analyst expectations. The Santa Paula-based produce marketer earned $16 million, or $1.02 per share, in the third quarter, up from $6.4 million, or 43 cents per share, a year earlier. it said in Sept. 15 filings. On average, analysts had been expecting earnings of 46 cents per share, Read More →

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Limoneira Co. chairman dies at 76

By   /  Sunday, September 14th, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies, West Ventura County  /  5 Comments

Alan Teague, longtime chairman of Ventura County agribusiness giant Limoneira Co., has died at age 76.

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