Weekly Issues

Parlier packaging company expanding

Maxco Packaging is set to kick off a $1.3 million plant expansion that will add 36,000 square feet to its current 150,000-square-foot facility on Zediker Avenue in Parlier.
“The expansion will allow us to put more equipment in our existing plant and use the additional space as a warehouse for our inventory of paper stock,” said company owner Max Flaming.

Fresno cabbies still fuming over ride-sharing services

Months after asking city officials to help even the playing field between ride-sharing services and traditional cab companies, Fresno taxi drivers say they have yet to see any changes.

Scot Biehl

Owner/Dealer Operator

 Mercedes-Benz of Fresno

What we do: Sales, service and parts of Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter vehicles
 
Education: Graduate of McLane High School, 1983
28 years of auto business experience
 
Age: 49

Family: Married to Wife Katie for 22 years
Son Matthew, 18
Daughter Diana, 16

Local technology industry sees ‘tide is rising’

Expansions, mergers indicate a dynamically growing sector

Employment surveys and job reports have traditionally drawn attention to the lack of science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) degrees held by Central Valley residents. However, recent activity by local technology companies suggests the industry is experiencing a steady growth spurt.

Organic milk shortage spurs price hikes

A revolution is quietly underway in the dairy aisle of your local supermarket.
Sales of organic milk have been surging, up 10 percent in 2014 — and nearly 30 percent since 2006.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans bought nearly 2.5 billion pounds of organic milk last year, so much that organic dairies are having trouble keeping up with the demand.

Processors adopt radio frequency tech for safer food

A Sacramento company wants to change the way farmers ensure food safety.
Since its founding in 2008, Sacramento-based RF Biocidics has been pioneering methods that use radio frequency technology to safely eliminate food-related pathogens, pests and fungi from products like nuts, grains and seeds.

Fresno tea business expanding online, physical presence

Since its founding in 2009, Fresno-based Raizana Tea Co. has seen a majority of its sales originate online
That trend is set to change, however, as the married owners are increasingly focusing on expanding Raizana’s presence within the physical marketplace while maintaining its essential philosophy.

Mark Sorenson

President
Fresno County Farm Bureau

What we do: Farm raisins and blueberries. Own and operate mechanical raisin harvesting business.

Age: 55

Education: Immanuel High School

Family: Married to Kimberly for 30 years. Three daughters and two son-in-laws: Jace and Johannah White, Jeff and Elizabeth Jantzen and Olivia.

Valley hospitals note uptick in ER visits post-Obamacare

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect last year, hospitals across the Central Valley have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients visiting their emergency departments.

Valley businesses increasingly adopt tablet computers

Sales of tablet devices are on track to outpace laptops and personal computers for the first time this year, signaling a major shift in the way consumers and businesses use technology.
According to sales predictions from Gartner, a global information technology research and advisory company, more than 320,000 tablet devices will be sold this year, eclipsing the projected 260,000-plus units for laptops and desk-based computers. While this change has been predicted for some time, the trend towards tablets is having a major impact on the way several local businesses operate.