Toyota Docking in Benicia
Partners Celebrate Arrival of First Shipment
By RACHEL RASKIN-ZRIHEN, Times-Herald staff writer
NEW TOYOTAS are stored at the Port of Benicia after the first delivery by the cargo vessel Green Lake. Photo: David Pacheco/Times-Herald
BENICIA - There is a human element even in the largest international business deals, and the one that brought Toyota back to Benicia is no exception.
Jim Triplett, director of the Port of Benicia and president of Benicia Port Terminal, was instrumental in negotiating the deal over the past year and a half.
He spoke at a recent ceremony marking the arrival of the New Orleans-registered Green Lake, carrying the first new Toyota shipment to the Port of Benicia. The cargo ship held more than 5,000 Toyota nd Scion models, the latter described by Toyota officials as a youth brand sold by Toyota.
Dignitaries from the enterprise's various partners presented each other with plaques at the event, at which East met West on board ship. The assembly enjoyed a lunch featuring both sushi and sandwiches.
"We're very pleased that Toyota selected us, and we're excited to be a partner with such a successful automotive company," Triplett said.
At 54, Triplett said, he's been in the car import business for more than 30 years, since 1972, although that represented abandoning the road he'd originally chosen.
"I was going to be a teacher," Triplett said. "I was in college, but Ford had a better offer. So I got involved with importing, and stayed in the business."
Triplett said he loves the work.
"I genuinely enjoy getting up in the morning and dealing with international trade challenges and interfacing with customers that may be domestic. It's fun. Like playing a game. Seeing something be better each day than the day before," he said. "It could be a new opportunity,
a new customer, a higher level of satisfaction, seeing a new employee or seeing one advance up the ladder. It's all satisfying."
Among those present at the welcome ceremony was 23-year-old Third Mate, Christine Davis of Pasadena. This was the 2004 California Maritime Academy graduate's second shipboard job since finishing school.
As a child, Davis said she had imagined herself a teacher, like her father, when she grew up, but then her older brother entered CMA and she figured she would follow suit.
"It sounded good, and I kind of went in with the idea that if I didn't like it, I could leave but that it would be really sad not to try," said Davis, who added that her career goals depend on finding ways to juggle them with home life.
"I want a family some day, so I don't know. Chief mate maybe. But if I get that far, I'll probably want to go all the way to captain," she said.
Davis said her experience as a woman sailor has been mostly positive.
"I haven't had too many bad experiences. You learn to be tougher, with all eyes on you. You're a minority," Davis said. "But when you hear good reports, that makes you feel good."
- E-mail Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at RachelZ@thnewsnet.com or call 553-6824.
- ► 2007 (799)
- Dixon Looks at Fees Trove
- City Leaders Discuss Future of Travis in Washingto...
- Guittard Chocolate is Sweet on Fairfield
- Tolenas Industrial Park Welcomes Saint-Gobain Cont...
- Upscale Offices Slated Near I-80
- Rundown Downtown House to Become Office, Apartment...
- Milken Institute - Best Cities Index 2005
- New Travis Air Base hotel offers amenities
- Transportation Leaders Finish Crafting Tax Measure...
- Solano Mall Remodeling Set to Begin
- Rio Vista Catches a Breeze
- Sewer Plant Expansion Could Start in Summer
- New Hotel Opens on Travis AFB
- Solano Deals in Advanced Addiction: Wind Energy
- Vacaville Welcomes BJ's Brewhouse
- Solano County Announces Emergency Ride Home Progra...
- Peeking through the glass ceiling - Study examines...
- Capturing the Jobs
- Ball Corp. Acquires Aerosol Can Manufacturer
- Dixon Leaders Paint 2006 as a Banner Year for the ...
- Beckoning Biotech
- Plan for Tax Given Dixon, Vacaville OK
- Plan Offers Regular Transit Riders an Emergency Li...
- $27 Million Water Plant Upgrade
- Council's OK Would Give Flood Protection
- Building a Village
- Edifices Set to be Available for Firms
- Dixon Homes to be Unveiled
- Business Group Endorses Tax
- Things are looking up / Many Bay Area companies pl...
- Adobe Mystery
- Supes Approve Loan to Hospitals
- Solano County expects $34M in bank
- Nut Tree Grand Opening Likely for August
- Harbor Walk Sites Attract Key Retailers
- Downtown Renaissance
- UC Davis UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATIONS UP 6 PERCENT t...
- Manufacturing robust in Sacramento area - The Sacr...
- Travis May Get More C-17s
- Plumbing MD Moves to Solano County
- Suisun Valley's Hidden, Oily Secret
- UCD Clears Hurdle to Build Complex to House 4,350
- Travis AFB's C-5s Receiving tech Upgrades
- Measure C is Paying Off
- New Fairfield Chamber Execs Take Helm, Get Right t...
- Strong sales for Clorox in quarter
- Executive Homes increase in Solano County
- New Fairfield chamber execs take helm, get right t...
- February 4, 2006 Dixon gets back to its railroad ...
- February 5, 2006 Travis AFB's C-5s receiving tec...
- Fairfield boasts Solano County's only Meineke loca...
- $12.5 million tax-exempt loan for NorthBay Healthc...
- Solano County's budget holding up this fiscal year...
- Travis consortium reduced - Solano EDC Continues C...
- Fairfield's Pier 1 Imports to become outlet store
- New Schools Break Ground Next Week
- Job Base Needed to Support New Housing Development...
- Big Goals Ahead for Solano Library Foundation
- Original Mel's to Open Restaurant in Geri-Towne Ma...
- Bridge/Bancor Housing Projects Approved
- Transportation Tax Spending List Gets Board Approv...
- Napa property helps fill out corridor of protected...
- Travis personnel training, preparing for arrival o...
- UC Davis tech center lights up seven new firms
- A 'Permanente' addition to Vacaville's skyline
- Chiron profit jumps sharply
- Toyota Docking in Benicia
- Suisun Council Approves Study of Undeveloped Comme...
- UC Davis Tech Center Lights Up Seven New Firms
- ▼ February (69)
- ► 2005 (627)
- ► 2004 (125)