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Biz Round Up -Around Tulare County

Screen shot 2012-05-11 at 8.49.02 AMVisalia Could Get Second Brewery

Beer enthusiast Nick Seals is working on plans to launch a commercial brewery in the Visalia Industrial Park next to his construction business.”It’s very preliminary right now” cautions Seals who heads up the home brewing club in town. As of now Seals ”and a few friends” will look at the Vise name saying if the project moves forward they will offer their own brand. It would be the second brewery in Visalia,after Brewbakers.

Planning Mill Eatery Moving East

The popular pizza place Planing Mill restaurant is planning to relocate  to 720 E Center, the old Caskey Paper building. They are currently at 513 E Center. 4 Creeks Inc manager Matt Ainley is the developer remodeling the property for multiple tenants.

Local Steel Fabricator Plans Larger Facility

CNS Steel manufacturing wants to build a new 80,225 sf steel fabrication plant in Tulare. The plan will be the subject of a Planning Commission meeting November 14 at 7PM. CNS is owned by Clint and Summer Russell with a 17,000sf facility now at 375 E Paige, east of I.The company makes metal buildings mostly for ag uses. The new building will be on Industrial Place near their current location but within the city limits.


Springville Dollar General Appeal To Heard By BOS

Plans to build a new Dollar General near Springville were approved by the county Planning Commission but have now been appealed to the Board of Supervisors. The project will get a hearing in Visalia November 8. Critics fear traffic, noise and lights from the development.

Three Rivers Hotel Plan To Get Community Hearing

Plans for a new hotel in Three Rivers will get a hearing at the Three Rivers Memorial Hall November 7 according to county officials. The developer plans to make a presentation and answer questions

Two More Local Dairies Throwing In The Towel.

Earlier this month there was a complete dispersal of the Melvin Simoes dairy near Tulare and on October 25 the Frank Pinheiro Dairy near Strathmore held a sell-all auction. Both dairies milked over 1750 cows. Local dairy leader Tom Barcellos says while prices are up some and feed costs have eased ”recovery from years of tough times takes its toll on dairy operators.” California dairymen are fewer in number as are their cows with the lowest state September milk output since 2009. It’s the same  in Wisconsin where nearly 400 dairy farms quit in the last year.

Land O Lakes Tulare Adding Silo Capacity

Tulare’s Land O Lakes is building more milk powder storage capacity  at its sprawling Downtown Tulare campus,usually a sign business must be good. But one theory is that LOL may be in danger losing its big Saputo Cheese contract as that Canadian company is reportedly soliciting  their own milk supply directly from producers. If LOL does not supply the big cheese maker’s three processing plants in town they need to store more milk in dry form.

Packed House Oppose Plans For 5-story Hotel in Tulare

Plans for a 5 story, four-star hotel at Cartmill and M St off Hyw 99 were questioned by a packed house at the Tulare Planning Commission meeting held Monday October 24. Residents from a nearby subdivision and trailer park near the big project questioned the scale of the development they say will impact their neighborhood. Plans for the hotel are being proposed by Monterey Dynasty, an EB5 investor group. After testimony, the public hearing was extended until November 28. The city says the project does not require extensive environmental study.


Tulare Plans Hearing This Week on Methane Contract

Tulare’s Board Of Utilities will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday October 26 at 3 PM at city hall to consider a draft agreement with Fuel Cell Energy to take excess methane gas from the the city WWTP and convert it to electricity. The proposal come after the original proposer Colony Energy and the city failed to come to an agreement to buy the gas, clean it and ship renewable gas by pipeline. Interim City Manager Paul Melikian says the two sides failed to agree on a fair price for the waste gas that is currently being flared in the air. Melikian says Fuel Cell proposal will save the city rate payers money on their power bills. Colony reps says their deal is still the best.Screen shot 2012-05-11 at 8.49.02 AM

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