05/25/2018

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Finance Flies West, and South

Alliance-Bernstein notwithstanding, New York is not close to losing its hegemony over finance. With 472,000 employees in that industry, the city dwarfs all its competitors, including runner-up Chicago, where finance employs 264,000. Finance jobs in New York, according to Pepperdine University’s Michael Shires, have grown at a respectable 11 percent since 2009, though the pace […]

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Solar-Panel Makers Ramp Up U.S. Manufacturing Plans

At least three panel companies have announced manufacturing plans in the U.S. in recent months. China’s JinkoSolar Holding Co. is opening a factory in Jacksonville, Fla. SunPower Corp. has agreed to acquire struggling panel maker SolarWorld Americas Inc. First Solar Inc. plans to open a new factory in Ohio, where it already has some panel-making […]

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Price Pump to move Sonoma manufacturing business to Idaho

It’s the end of an era. Price Pump has grown and thrived in Sonoma for 70 years. But before the end of this year, the manufacturer of high-tech pumps will pull up stakes and move its headquarters – lock, stock and pump – to Boise, Idaho. “It has simply become too difficult and too costly […]

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California Migration

•From 2006 to 2016, 1,090,600 more people moved out of California to other states than moved from other states to California. •Migration and income trends vary by region. The Bay Area, which had the highest percentage gains in high-wage jobs, has experienced overall net migration growth since 2014. By contrast, Los Angeles and the Inland […]

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San Jose’s SunPower buys solar rival — and avoids Trump’s tariffs

SunPower of San Jose reported Wednesday that it will buy SolarWorld Americas, a solar manufacturer in Oregon, in a sign of how the industry is reconfiguring itself to deal with the Trump administration’s protectionist moves. SunPower will use SolarWorld’s factory in Hillsboro, Ore., to build its own panels, while the facility continues to make SolarWorld […]

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Homegrown agricultural technology company moving headquarters to Texas

A publicly traded company that started in the Sacramento region, moved away and came back once before, is again taking its headquarters out of the area. RiceBran Technologies, which moved to West Sacramento from Scottsdale, Arizona, only last year, will relocate to Houston in the second quarter, CEO Robert Smith said on a conference call […]

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San Francisco Has a People Problem

San Francisco is such a boomtown that people are leaving in droves. In 2016 and 2017, more people moved out of the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area—an urban core of 4.7 million people in a broader region known as the Bay Area—than moved into it from other parts of California or the U.S., according to U.S. […]

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San Francisco Is No Longer the Startup Capital. Here’s Where Startups Should Look Next

Tech companies are feeling the weight of rising costs in cities like San Francisco and New York City. More and more people are leaving the coasts in favor of opportunities in less expensive areas. Meanwhile, many cities across middle America are experiencing huge economic booms alongside still-recovering real estate markets, making them attractive to startups […]

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California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders

Net annual departures from California slowed to about 20,000 after the recession, but have climbed back to more than 100,000, according to the Census Bureau. “A lot of people feel like they want to get out while those markets are hot,” said Jaime Moore, a real estate agent based in Reno who is with Redfin, […]

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TreeHouse Foods closing Visalia plant next year

The Illinois-based company, which has 40 plants across the U.S., Canada and Italy making pre-packaged foods and beverages, announced earlier this month its plans to close the Visalia plant at 9945 W. Goshen Ave. as part of a larger downsizing due to declining sales. . . . The Visalia facility produces pretzels and cereal snack […]

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Pandora slashes staff, says Oakland is too expensive so it will expand in Atlanta

Oakland-based Pandora Media said Wednesday that it will cut 5 percent of its workforce and expand its business in Atlanta, because the Southern city is more cost effective than growing the brand in the East Bay.

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New round of Pandora layoffs partly driven by cost of doing business in CA

Pandora’s decision to expand operations in Atlanta feeds speculation about tech companies’ intention to move further away from Silicon Valley (and California generally). Business costs in the area alone have gone up due to the state’s well-established compliance burden, not to mention real estate values. Workers in the tech sector are feeling the pain, too […]

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Nestle moves hundreds of jobs out of costly California including layoffs in Oakland

Nestle’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of California promises to fuel reflection among Bay Area business and civic leaders on the challenges of operating in California, with its high-priced housing and traffic congestion.

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Lithium battery maker to employ hundreds in Kentucky plant

A maker of lithium batteries is promising to provide an economic jolt to the Appalachian region, announcing plans Friday to relocate from California to Kentucky and build a factory employing hundreds of workers in an area reeling from the coal industry’s decline. EnerBlu Inc. announced it will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in eastern Kentucky with the production facility in Pikeville. The company also will move its headquarters from Riverside, California, bringing another $40 million investment and 110 administrative, research-and-development and executive jobs to Lexington, Kentucky’s second-largest city.

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Ford to Move Electric Car Production to Mexico, Tags U.S. Plant for Driverless Car

Ford Motor Co. plans to produce a future electric car in Mexico rather than make it in the U.S., reversing plans announced in January to make its Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant near Detroit its main electric-vehicle production site.

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