Weekly Issues

The Business Journal introduces Reader’s Choice Awards

Voting begins next month for The Business Journal’s new Best of Central Valley Business Reader’s Choice Awards.

Unlike other “best of” competitions, the Best of Central Valley Business awards have a business-to-business slant, said Gordon Webster, publisher of The Business Journal.

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Wathen Castanos buys McMillin home lots

Fresno-based homebuilder Wathen Castanos purchased the remaining 84 lots owned by McMillin Homes in Visalia this month.

New ‘gastropub’ to fill former Fajita Fiesta in Fresno

Guri’s Grubhouse & Taps, a new Fresno restaurant focusing on locally produced ingredients and craft beers, is opening next month in the former Fajita Fiesta at the corner of Shaw and Cedar avenues.

Pacific Ethanol plant lands sweet new neighbor

It’s better times for California’s ethanol producers, with investment dollars flowing into technology to make production plants more efficient and diverse in the feedstocks they accept.

Leticia Juarez-sisson

profile-juarezEducation: Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from California State University, Fresno: (2003) & Masters in Strategic Communications from National University (2013)

Age: 35

Family: Jimmy Sisson (Husband for seven years) Brien White (Son), Ryan Sisson (Step-son), expecting a baby girl in October. 

Madera County tourism funding bolstered by tax renewal

Beginning in January, the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst will kick off another ten years as one of several organizations in the Central Valley promoting tourism with funds generated by local lodges.

DiCicco’s owners file for Ch. 13 bankruptcy protection

Gregory and Heather Vitucci, owners of two DiCicco’s restaurants, recently filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection, according to court documents.
Gregory Vitucci is the son of Frank Vitucci, one of the original “Four Sons of Italy” who founded the restaurant in 1956. Gregory operates the DiCicco’s location in Fresno at First and Shaw avenues and the Sanger location with his wife Heather, according to the DiCicco’s website.

Dairies see better milk price, higher feed costs

Lofty milk prices have helped to stabilize the Valley dairy industry, but high feed costs continue to cut into profits.
“Milk prices are at or near record levels,” said Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen in Modesto. “Global demand has driven the price.”

Tulare County firm builds solution for odd-shaped produce

The difficulties commercial packinghouses have had in sorting odd-shaped fruits and vegetables may be a thing of the past.
Exeter-based Exeter Engineering has developed a high-tech produce-sorting machine called the “Sidewinder” that can handle oblong and irregular-shaped fruits and vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions and avocados.