Weekly Issues

Tulare County pulls out of EDC

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 this week to pull out of the Tulare County Economic Development Corp. The independent agency whose goal it is to increase economic activity in the county has now lost the support of the county itself. Tulare County has supported the countywide economic development agency for some 31 years.

Fresno law firm wins class-action suit

With a vast majority of civil lawsuits settling before ever seeing a courtroom, Ameriguard Security Services of Fresno had to put its foot down.
In a case featured in publications of both the San Diego and Fresno County bar associations, the security systems and staffing firm won its years-long wage fight last August against employees seeking $4.2 million in penalties for untimely compensation.

Downtown Fresno housing project expected to fill up fast

An $11 Million, four-story building under construction at Inyo Street and Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno will soon give a stylish new look to the site of the former Droge building that stood for 91 years until demolished in 2013.
It will also bring needed workforce housing to a downtown area that is expected to provide more public and private jobs as the city’s revitalization plan progresses. Fresno currently has about 35,000 workers in the downtown area. And the Inyo-Van Ness housing project is in the heart of downtown.
The new building will feature three stories with 45 apartment units and common space on the first floor. It includes six studio units, 30 one-bedroom units, eight two-bedroom units and one manager’s unit.
It will also feature 3,000 square feet of commercial space.

Ron Heskett

Borga Steel Buildings

What we do:
Borga is the largest independent metal building and component manufacturer in California. With over 90,000 Sq. Ft. of manufacturing space, Borga provides a number of different building package solutions for the commercial, agricultural, governmental, and personal use.  We also sell metal building components and engineering services.  

Fresno Grizzlies find a new radio home

The Fresno Grizzlies have struck a three-year media agreement with One Putt Broadcasting in Fresno to broadcast all 144 regular season games.
That makes KYNO 1430 AM the Grizzlies' new flagship radio station.
The new agreement follows the expiration of a three-year agreement with Wilks Broadcast Group that made KJZN 105.5 FM the radio home of the Grizzlies triple-A baseball team starting in 2011.

Ag takes to magazine advertising to spread health message

Although the Internet and mobile devices are commanding more attention in ad campaigns, magazine advertising continues to be a strong tool in boosting brand recognition and reminding consumers of the health benefits of San Joaquin Valley farm products.

Work on Madera’s 6,578-home Gateway Village starts in July

Initial grading is slated to begin in July for the long-planned 6,578-home Gateway Village development in Madera, a project that faced multiple delays after developer Castle & Cooke acquired it in 1990.
New developer Gateway Village Development LLC purchased the 2,062-acre master-planned community site in 2010 and is ready to get rolling. Now in possession of a tentative map for the project, the developer sees growth ahead for the area and surging demand for master-planned communities.
Gateway Village Development had the advantage of taking on a project that already had plans and approvals in place.

Tulare County reservoir plans in the works

As Valley growers ponder the chances of reservoir construction as a part of an upcoming California water bond measure, some water districts have found ways to move ahead with water storage projects using other funding options.

Council to weigh Fulton Mall options next week

With a crucial vote before the Fresno City Council next week, the Fulton Mall could begin to look very different.
Completed in 1964 by famed architects Victor Gruen and Garret Eckbo, the Fulton Mall has been in the city’s cross hairs for more than a decade after failing to produce the economic or social activity it once promised.

Susan Moore

Dumont Printing

What we do:
High definition offset printing, digital printing, variable data, direct mail, large format printing and promotional products
Fresno City College


Husband Brian Ellison, son Tanner, 9

How did you come to your position with Dumont Printing?
I began my career in the business forms industry. Dumont Printing brought me on board as an account representative in 1991. In 2001, Larry Early’s health was compromised. Larry and Susan Early approached me to take over as the vice president of sales and oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. Larry’s passing led to my promotion as corporate vice president and a partnership with Susan. In the spring of 2013, Susan decided to sell Dumont Printing and asked if I would be interested in purchasing the company. The sale was finalized in January 2014.