Published April 18, 2006
Volume 14, Number 4

  • For the first time in its history, Standard Pacific Homes has been named to the Fortune 500 list of the largest corporations in the country. The homebuilder, which employs 150 in its Hacienda offices, was ranked 493 on the overall 2006-2007 list based on revenues and 297 based on profits. The company was also named to Fortune’s 2005 list of the 100 fastest growing companies in the nation.
  • J.M. O’Neill, Inc., has begun construction of an 80,000-square foot office center in Tracy at the corner of Grant Line and Coral Hollow roads. The Hacienda builder, working in conjunction with Triad Partners and architects Ware Malcomb, is working on two 40,000-square foot, two-story office buildings on the 5.1 acre parcel. The facilities are planned as medical office buildings.
  • Bivio Networks, a Hacienda-based manufacturer of programmable, high-performance networking equipment, has added Linux 2.6 and IPv6 support to its Bivio 2000 product. The Bivio 2000 uses a scalable multiprocessor architecture specifically designed for high-speed execution of a number of network infrastructure applications such as security, traffic management, voice over IP, and more. The company says that the addition of Linux 2.6 support will allow developers to take full advantage of recent enhancements made to the Linux platform. “The Bivio 2000 incorporates a standard Linux development and execution environment with which developers can easily create and integrate applications,” says Elan Amir, Bivio president and CEO. “Because we have a comprehensive set of common networking and management functions, Linux developers don't have to reinvent the wheel for each networking application. Instead, they can concentrate on optimizing the unique aspects of their software.”
  • Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar & Associates and BKF Engineers were both named to the East Bay Business Times’ list of the top engineering firms in the region. Based on 2005 billings of $17.6 million, RJA was ranked 10th, with BKF listed at number 15 with East Bay billings of $10.1 million.
  • On a separate East Bay Business Times list, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning was recognized as the second largest architectural firm in the East Bay for 2005, based on $22.4 million in East Bay billings last year.
  • Simpson Strong-Tie has added several pieces to its training library. The first is a pictorial pocket guide with information on proper use and installation of many Simpson products, which include wood-to-wood, wood-to-concrete, and wood-to-masonry connectors as well as shearwall and anchor systems. The company has also issued its third builder training kit, “Introduction to Mudsill Anchors,” which provides an overview of basic terms associated with mudsill anchor installation as well as techniques for installing several of Simpson’s mudsill anchors. The company has already released training kits on basic fastener installation and an introduction to joist and beam hangers.

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