Weekly Issues

Visalia-based Edeniq engineering ethanol’s future

With oil currently trading around $50 per barrel, Brian Thome says 2015 is “going to be a very interesting year for ethanol.”
Thome is president and CEO of Edeniq, a Visalia-based company that just received $16 million from venture capitalists betting the company’s patented technology will help boost the biofuel’s future.

Pedro Santana

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the
Central Valley, Inc.

Female business owners share stories of success

The number of women-owned businesses has grown at one and a half times the national average for new businesses during the last decade, according to a recent study by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Locally owned gym chain adds location, services

Locally owned athletic club chain Sierra Sports Clubs has recently expanded to a fifth location and announced plans to add even more fitness services.
Owner Robert Mitchell recently purchased Centerpoint Athletic Club from former owner and manager Mark Geis. The acquisition will allow Geis to move to a more central position as director of corporate wellness and sales with Sierra Sports Clubs, and make Tina Naffziger the club’s new manager.

Property managers offer online payment solutions

In an increasingly online world, a recent report found almost 75 percent of households with Internet access pay at least one of their monthly bills electronically.
So when rent or homeowner’s association (HOA) payments are due, more and more property managers around the Central Valley are adopting electronic remittance systems that allow their tenants and members to pay online.

Gamel launches mobile app for car dealers

A new mobile app designed by former local RV salesman Dan Gamel launched last month and is already in use at dealerships throughout the state.
The program was recently picked up for beta testing with automotive software technology service company Data Consultants, and could potentially spread to dealerships throughout the country.

Fresno’s new parking vendor shifts into high gear

SP+ is now in the driver’s seat at 14 downtown Fresno parking facilities.
The Chicago-based company, operator of parking and shuttle concessions at a number of major airports and cities across the U.S., won a multi-year contract in late 2014 from the City of Fresno.

Paula Conner


London Properties

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Hay, trailers a new target for rural thieves

Sheriff’s investigators had their hands full this fall responding to Valley hay thefts.
Now thieves have turned to stealing custom ag trailers. In some cases, the stolen trailers have been used to haul away stolen hay.
Most of the thefts occurred at night when fewer people are around to witness the theft.
Fighting the problem is difficult because the sheer size of the Central Valley agricultural area makes hay and ag equipment hard to watch all the time. Often the hay or trailer is stolen days before the farmer notices it gone and reports the crime.

Drones find applications in ag industry

Despite tight regulations surrounding commercial and private drone usage, one local ag insurance agent has begun offering clients a drone’s-eye-view of their farmland and plans to expand his services over the next few months.
Fowler-based C.D. Simonian Insurance agent Albert Rivera began offering aerial footage of crops and property captured by a drone to clients last year. He said he has seen a lot of interest and thinks the technology can help the ag industry with everything ranging from security and watering concerns to pest control and crop reports.