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Tinker Tank provides tools to spark innovation

Tinker Tank provides tools to spark innovation

MODESTO — A kitchen island, car speaker boxes, a custom guitar and jewelry are just some of the projects “do-it-yourselfers” are constructing at Downtown Tinker Tank, a new business that…

Turlock powdered milk plant announces CEO

Turlock powdered milk plant announces CEO

TURLOCK — The new company that’s building a powdered milk facility in Turlock has named its CEO. Valley Milk announced it has hired Patti Smith as its first chief executive…

Oakdale drain manufacturer set to expand

Oakdale drain manufacturer set to expand

OAKDALE — Safe Drain, an Oakdale business that makes drainage systems to control spills and protect stormwater systems, has served the area for a quarter center, but now it’s on…

Modesto’s Do Good Distillery celebrates change in liquor law

Modesto’s Do Good Distillery celebrates change in liquor law

MODESTO — Do Good Distillery celebrated a major break for its company Thursday. The new craft distiller can now sell directly to its customers, thanks to a change in California…

Empowered workers key to bakery growth

Empowered workers key to bakery growth

MODESTO — Paul Holshouser believes he is effective as president of Flowers Baking Company of Modesto because he lets people do their jobs. “I’ve always been a firm believer in…

Milk processor cuts waste by 98 percent

Milk processor cuts waste by 98 percent

By BOB BALGEMANN Business Journal writer MODESTO — Crystal Creamery’s path to sustainable practices started in 2014 during a brainstorming session among its employees. The goal was to create a…

Logistics, cost lure manufacturers to Valley

STOCKTON — When most people think of manufacturing states, they envision the gray steel environments of the Midwest’s rust belt. Seldom do the sunny surroundings of California jump to mind.…

Federal manufacturing program selects Central Valley

FRESNO — The Central Valley’s food and beverage manufacturing sector has received a boost from the federal government. The Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium has received a designation…

Modesto food truck builder expands to bigger site

MODESTO — More than a decade ago, Ignacio Ochoa started building food catering trucks in his backyard. Back then the problem was figuring out how to get them out of…

Merced County’s manufacturing sector grows fastest in nation

MERCED — The Central Valley is mostly known as an agriculture center, so it may surprise you that Merced County last year topped the nation with the highest growth rate…