Business Bits

  • AVI-SPL Gets Top Ranking in Industry

    AVI-SPL, the world's leading video communications provider, has been ranked as North America's No. 1 systems integrator by Systems Contractor News magazine. Each year, the magazine ranks the top 50 systems integrators based on information provided by the companies. AVI-SPL is projecting $601.9 million in 2013 revenue.

    "This year, we saw growth in corporate and education (K-20)," AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel told the magazine. "On top of our integration services, clients in these verticals are seeking managed services in order to support them ongoing." The Tampa, Florida-based company has an office in Hacienda. For more information, visit Click here to read the magazine's entire top 50 list:

  • Gap Recognized for Community Involvement

    Gap Inc., has been recognized as one of America's most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies that most effectively invest talent, time and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

    "Our commitment to the community is a cornerstone of our business and company culture," said Bobbi Silten, senior vice president of global responsibility at Gap Inc. and president of Gap Foundation. "Through strategic investments and employee volunteers, we aim to create opportunities for people in the communities where we do business. When our communities thrive, so does our business."

    San Francisco-based Gap Inc. opened a Hacienda office in early 2013.

    Click here to read the full press release about Gap's recent recognition. Visit to learn about The Civic 50 and see the full list of honorees.

  • Waters Corp. Leads the Way in Innovation

    An innovative new product developed by the Waters Corporation was recently honored by a leading trade magazine as being one of the top innovations of 2013.

    The company's ACQUITY QDa Detector was recognized as an groundbreaking innovation by The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards 2013. The detector, introduced in October, Detector is a small, easy-to-use and affordable mass detector that brings high-quality mass spectral information to chromatographic separations. Mass spectral information greatly enhances chemical compound identification, something that is very important to laboratories doing method development, sample profiling, chemical synthesis and purification.

    "On behalf of all Waters employees, I want to thank The Analytical Scientist magazine for recognizing the new ACQUITY QDa Detector with a 2013 Innovation of the Year Award," said Art Caputo, president of Waters Division. "The development of the ACQUITY QDa Detector is the realization of a vision that started 20 years ago when we foresaw a day when chromatography and mass spectrometry technologies could be blended together to give every analytical scientist access to mass spectral data regardless of their previous experience with mass spectrometry."

    The Waters Corporation, founded in Massachusetts in 1958, three 1,000-square-foot custom- built demonstration and teaching labs in Hacienda. Click here to read the full press release about the corporation's latest honor.

  • BKF to Spruce Up Oakland in 2014

    BKF Engineers, Surveyors and Planners is proud to be improving Oakland's infrastructure and landscape with more than a dozen exciting projects that will be under construction in 2014.

    The projects range from renovating existing sites, such as the Oakland Army Base and Brooklyn Basin, to include new housing and shopping to making extensive upgrades and additions at medical facilities like Highland Hospital, Kaiser Oakland and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

    The Rockridge district will get a new shopping center at 51st and Broadway with Safeway as the anchor tenant. Another new shopping center will go in at 30th and Broadway with Sprouts as the anchor tenant.

    Perhaps the most unique project is to develop the City Slicker Farms and Park, an urban farm and community gardens in west Oakland. The urban farm and park, an expansion of the City Slicker Farms founded in 2001, could double the amount of fresh food produced and distributed in the community while also providing park space and educational programs.

    Click here to read more about BKF's exciting upcoming projects to improve Oakland.

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