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Central Valley Biz News : Tulare Mill Will Shut Down

JD Heiskell To Shutter Tulare Mill

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With less wheat being grown in the Central Valley JD Heiskell plans to mothball their Tulare mill next year. That’s the word  from CEO Scot Hillman who says the move is likely to happen by March. The company is building a new office nearby. California’s 2014 winter wheat production is estimated at 432 thousand tons, 48 percent below 2013.
The company has 11 locations around the country and is the nation’s fourth largest feed manufacturing company by volume. The Tulare mill was the company’s first but could be put back into service if the wheat crop rebounds adds Hillman.

Rawhide Attendance Up

Rawhide baseball attracted a season attendance of 125,471 at the Visalia stadium this summer – up from 118,177 fans in 2013 and 108,681 in 2010. The company took in $1.44 million.

Darrel’s Mini Storage Breaks Ground On Third Visalia Location

Darrel’s Mini Storage has obtained out a $2.2 million building permit to construct a 201,400sf mini storage complex off Goshen and Demaree. The new facility is expected to open a year from now.

Orthopedic Firm Moves To Akers/VUSD Taking Mooney Space Across From COS

Hanger Inc, an orthotic and prosthetic patient care service has relocated to the new medical office building at 820 S Akers, next to Lifestyles.The firm moved from the building across from COS at 750 S Mooney. Now VUSD has purchased the building, long the home of Visalia Sight & Sound,and will remodel it for use for student independent study.

RFQ For Third Leg of Bullet Train
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority this month issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for design-build services for Construction Package 4 (CP 4), representing the next 30-mile phase of construction through the counties of Tulare and Kern and the cities of Wasco and Shafter.“The Authority continues to deliver on its voter-mandated mission to build high-speed rail in California that will connect the major regions of the state through the Central Valley,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of the Authority. “As we have already seen with the ongoing construction work in the Central Valley, high-speed rail is creating jobs, small business opportunities and benefitting the local economies.”

Firms will have until January 30, 2015 to submit their statement of qualifications.

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