The Focus

New England Sheet Metal: Yankee ingenuity in the Central Valley

As the oldest metal fabrication and mechanical contracting company in Central California, New England Sheet Metal has left its mark all over the region thanks to four generations of committed family members.

Family Tree Farms: A legacy born from the soil

The Jackson family has been farming for as long as they can remember, but it wasn’t until the past few decades that the family consolidated their operations to create Family Tree Farms.
Under the leadership of patriarch David Jackson, the family operation now grows, packs and ships fresh fruit around the world. The expansion was designed to help ensure the survival of the family’s small farms and has helped the group experiment with different crops.

De Young Properties: Building homes, empowering the community

The story of De Young Properties began long before Jerry and Paula De Young oversaw the construction of the company’s first home in 1974.
Paula’s father, John Bonadelle, was a homebuilding pioneer in Central California when he started out in the industry some 70 years ago.

Six decades of family service

Bakersfield’s A-C Electric wins
2015 California Family Business Award

In a trade as complex as electrical construction, it takes many years to prove one’s worth. For A-C Electric in Bakersfield, there’s six decades and three generations of family behind the name.
The company didn’t earn its reputation by standing still, moving quickly from wiring new homes to doing street light installations and then large public works projects like the California Aqueduct, Edwards Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Hospital in the Azores.

Wildwood Express

Founded in 1969, Kingsburg’s Wildwood Express was born the same year as Mark and Sue Woods’ family.
The couple worked together to operate the trucking business, with Mark hauling hay, cotton and paper products while Sue worked from home as a dispatcher.  Eventually the company began building its own trailers, incorporating drag racing techniques to help boost the fuel efficiency of their fleet.

United Carpet One

Fresno’s United Carpet One is a third-generation flooring store that has been selling and professionally installing flooring fore 58 years.
The company has completed work at such locations as Copper River Country Club, Selland Arena, Fresno Convention Center, Chukchansi Stadium and Club One Casino.

Stumpf and Company Real Estate

One of Stumpf and Company Real Estate's mottos is, “It doesn’t cost any more to work with the best.”
And when it comes to experience, education and training, the Stumpfs live up to the billing.
Ron Stumpf founded the company in 1977. Today, a second generation in Ron’s daughters Alexandra and Veronica Stumpf, helps run the business in a niche market specializing in multi-family, retail, industrial, land and eventually business sales. The company boasts knowledge and backgrounds in architecture, construction engineering, business administration, business finance and economics.

Sam’s Shoe Store

Nestled along the main corridor of Reedley’s downtown business district, Sam’s Shoe Store has been serving customers for 100 years.
Founded in 1914, Sam’s Shoes has remained one of the main shopping destinations in Reedley, drawing both residents and visitors from nearby farming communities.

Pleasant Mattress Inc.

Fresno’s Pleasant Mattress Inc. has been selling sleep products for more than 50 years, working its way through the industry from the bottom up.
“The business started out selling refurbished mattresses,” said Rion Morgenstern, president of Pleasant Mattress. “We were at literally the bottom of the barrel.”

Pardini’s Catering & Banquets

For nearly 70 years, the Pardini Family name has set taste buds to watering, first in Santa Cruz where Al Pardini opened his first restaurant in 1948, then in Fresno where he moved in 1952.
Al’s son Jim was key in managing a number of the family restaurants until 1981, when Al sold Pardini’s restaurant on Shaw and Van Ness avenues in Fresno. It was also at that time that Jim founded Pardini’s Catering.