Monday, October 03, 2005

Saint-Gobain Containers breaks ground on new center in City of Fairfield

Article Last Updated: Thursday, Sep 29, 2005 - 11:06:01 pm PDT

Saint-Gobain Containers breaks ground on new center

By Christine Cubé

- Wine bottle producer Saint-Gobain Containers broke ground Thursday on its new distribution digs in Fairfield.

The groundbreaking event for the 1-million-plus-square-foot facility bought out many members of the city's business community. Among them were Vice Mayor Harry Price, project developer Lauth Property Group and Saint-Gobain executives.

The new center, located in the Tolenas Industrial Park near Travis Air Force Base, will serve strictly as a distribution center. Glass-making on the West Coast will continue to take place at three plants, one in Seattle and two California locations, El Monte and Madera.

Saint-Gobain Containers has 16 glass plants across the country.

The groundbreaking event marks the beginning of the company's planned move from two warehouses in Cordelia. There, the company occupied 330,000 square feet and 607,000 square feet of space off of Interstate 680.

Fairfield's center will serve the needs of the California wine industry.

Saint-Gobain is a big producer of glass packaging for the food and beverage industry.

Vacaville tourism bureau launches Web site

Visiting Vacaville just got a little easier.

The Vacaville Conference and Visitors Bureau just launched its new Web site, The group also compiled its first visitors guide, showcasing Vacaville's tourist attractions and destinations.

The Web site highlights information about the city with maps of historic downtown and the region.

In conjunction with the new site, the bureau released the 2005 Fall/Winter edition of the Vacaville Visitors Guide. The semi-annual publication also includes information about local hotels and restaurants, transportation, shopping and parks and recreation.

Antonette Eckert, executive director of the Vacaville Conference and Visitors Bureau, called the new Web site and guide a "definite first for the city of Vacaville."

"We're already looking forward to the next issue and adding more interactive elements to our Web site so stay tuned," she said, in a release.

Biz bits . . .

n The county's largest career fair drew more than 1,500 job seekers, organizers said. The Workforce Investment Board of Solano County held its career fair at the University of Phoenix Fairfield campus on Sept. 22. Roughly 82 employers and companies were represented at the event.

n Chris Wallace of Premier Commercial, Inc. represented Pacific Service Credit Union, which bought one acre of commercial land at Mason Street in Vacaville. Premier Commercial is a Fairfield-based full-service real estate firm, specializing in Solano County commercial real estate.

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