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Kevin Murphy Joins Hazel Tech® Board of Directors

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 2:00pm

CHICAGO, July 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and combat food waste, today announced that Kevin Murphy has joined the company's Board of Directors.

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  • CHICAGO, July 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and combat food waste, today announced that Kevin Murphy has joined the company's Board of Directors.
  • Murphy will advise Hazel as they expand their global team and add new technologies to help fight food waste.
  • Murphy joins Hazel after serving as chief executive officer of Driscoll's, a fourth-generation family berry business with worldwide operations.
  • "Kevin's expertise in global supply chain management and product innovation will serve as an invaluable asset as Hazel continues to grow," said Hazel Tech cofounder and CEO, Aidan Mouat.

Plenty Honored Twice by Fruit Growers and Vegetable Growers News for Fruit + Vegetable 40 under 40 Awards

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 5:24pm

Before his work at Plenty, Michael established the Chemistry Lab for Driscoll's to drive trait discovery and cultivar development in all berries.

Key Points: 
  • Before his work at Plenty, Michael established the Chemistry Lab for Driscoll's to drive trait discovery and cultivar development in all berries.
  • The Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Awards honor 40 outstanding individuals who exemplify leadership, innovative thinking, and commitment to the industry's future.
  • For more than 60 years, Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News have served as powerful and reliable resources for growers across the nation.
  • Launched in 2018, the Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Awards represent a broad spectrum of agriculture industry professionals, from growers and farm market operators, to Extension agents and industry suppliers.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. to Present at Baird's 2021 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 12:16am

BRASELTON, Ga., May 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:FOXF) ("FOX" or the Company) today announced management will be presenting at the Baird's 2021 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021.

Key Points: 
  • BRASELTON, Ga., May 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:FOXF) ("FOX" or the Company) today announced management will be presenting at the Baird's 2021 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021.
  • About Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:FOXF)
    Fox Factory Holding Corp. designs and manufactures performance-defining ride dynamics products primarily for bicycles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, side-by-side vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, motorcycles, and commercial trucks.
  • Additionally, the Company supplies top bicycle OEMs and their contract manufacturers, and provides aftermarket products to retailers and distributors.
  • FOX is a registered trademark of Fox Factory, Inc. NASDAQ Global Select Market is a registered trademark of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Monomoy Capital Partners Agrees to Sell West Marine, Inc.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:08pm

b'Monomoy Capital Partners, a middle market private investment firm focused on operational value creation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell West Marine, Inc. (the \xe2\x80\x9cCompany\xe2\x80\x9d) to L Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm.

Key Points: 
  • b'Monomoy Capital Partners, a middle market private investment firm focused on operational value creation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell West Marine, Inc. (the \xe2\x80\x9cCompany\xe2\x80\x9d) to L Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm.
  • Monomoy and its Operating Team partnered with management to improve operations across the business and transform the strategic direction of the Company.
  • "We are grateful to Monomoy for its leadership, its unflinching commitment to improving and growing our business, and in positioning West Marine to achieve continued success under new ownership.\xe2\x80\x9d\nMonomoy acquired West Marine under its private equity vehicle, Monomoy Capital Partners III, L.P., a $768 million fund raised in 2016.
  • Please see our website at www.mcpfunds.com for further information concerning Monomoy at its portfolio companies.\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210414005620/en/\n'

Blume Industries/Whiskey Hill Farms Awarded Coveted Western SARE Grant For Sustainable Agriculture Research

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 12:38pm

WATSONVILLE, Calif., March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Blume Industries (BI), Whiskey Hill Farms (WHF) and the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation (SSRF) in Santa Cruz are pleased to announce receipt of a United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Western Division of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant.

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  • WATSONVILLE, Calif., March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Blume Industries (BI), Whiskey Hill Farms (WHF) and the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation (SSRF) in Santa Cruz are pleased to announce receipt of a United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Western Division of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant.
  • "I've consulted to the USDA Agricultural Research Service for years, but this is the first time we've applied for and been awarded USDA grant funding," said David Blume chief technical officer for Blume Industries and Owner of Whiskey Hill Farms).
  • "It's very satisfying to see our long-term research and development work in regenerative agriculture systems recognized by such an important agency of the Federal Government."
  • "Out of one hundred proposal submissions reviewed by the Western SARE Technical Review Panel, our proposal was ranked'Exceptional' and selected for grant" said Tom Harvey, chief operational officer for Blume Industries.

Bee Vectoring Technologies Announces Inaugural Grower Trials with Two of the World's Largest Berry Growers within a Month of Achieving California License

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00am

Eight commercial-scale grower trials have already been confirmed, including with two of the world's largest berry companies and their growers.

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  • Eight commercial-scale grower trials have already been confirmed, including with two of the world's largest berry companies and their growers.
  • The California trials span the Central Valley, Northern Coastal Valley (Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, including Salinas and Watsonville) and the Central Coastal Valley (Ventura and Santa Barbara counties).
  • California is America's largest berry market (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) with an estimated 55,000(1) acres representing 30% of the country's berry acreage.
  • BVT has three blueberry grower trials confirmed: one is underway and two more will start in the next few weeks.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. to Present at BofA Consumer and Retail Technology Conference 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 2:00pm

BRASELTON, Ga., Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF) ("FOX" or the Company) announced today that management will be presenting at the BofA Consumer and Retail Technology Conference 2021 on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Key Points: 
  • BRASELTON, Ga., Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF) ("FOX" or the Company) announced today that management will be presenting at the BofA Consumer and Retail Technology Conference 2021 on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
  • About Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF)
    Fox Factory Holding Corp. designs and manufactures performance-defining ride dynamics products primarily for bicycles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, side-by-side vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, motorcycles, and commercial trucks.
  • Additionally, the Company supplies top bicycle OEMs and their contract manufacturers, and provides aftermarket products to retailers and distributors.
  • FOX is a registered trademark of Fox Factory, Inc. NASDAQ Global Select Market is a registered trademark of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Watsonville Teen Wins "Drive Safe California" PSA Contest

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

The Watsonville, CA teen, who is home-schooled, wins a $2,000 prize from The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes safe driving behavior.

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  • The Watsonville, CA teen, who is home-schooled, wins a $2,000 prize from The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes safe driving behavior.
  • The Drive Safe California Contest is sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation and promoted by the LA Auto Show.
  • Overson, who said he wrestled with several ideas for a PSA, wanted something that would get his attention if he were watching TV.
  • The runner-up in the Drive Safe California PSA Contest is Madellyn Lee, 17.

Granite Names Brian R. Dowd as Head of Its California Operations

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 1:30pm

Granite (NYSE:GVA) has named Brian R. Dowd as senior vice president and California group manager, effective January 1, 2021.

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  • Granite (NYSE:GVA) has named Brian R. Dowd as senior vice president and California group manager, effective January 1, 2021.
  • Dowd currently serves as vice president of Granites Nevada region and is a 34-year veteran of the company.
  • Dowd will report to Chief Operating Officer Jim Radich, and will be based at Granite headquarters in Watsonville, California.
  • in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Registered Engineer in the states of California and Nevada.

1st Capital Bank Announces Appointment of Jigisha Desai to Board of Directors

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 8:45pm

SALINAS, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 1st Capital Bank (OTC Pink: FISB) today announced the appointment of Jigisha Desai as a director.

Key Points: 
  • SALINAS, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 1st Capital Bank (OTC Pink: FISB) today announced the appointment of Jigisha Desai as a director.
  • Desai is the chief financial officer of Watsonville-based Granite Construction, Incorporated (NYSE: GVA), a nationwide heavy civil construction and transportation contractor.
  • We are delighted to have Jigisha join our board, said Kurt Gollnick, chairman.
  • She brings a wealth of business and financial experience and a diverse perspective to our board.