NAPA — Lixit Corporation, as its name implies, is the largest small animal watering device manufacturer in the world, with a 70 percent market share in its category and revenues in excess of $10 million annually. The firm has been growing at a double-digit rate for the past couple of years, despite a five percent decline during the recession.
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County is home to a number of medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — as well as major suppliers to this industry, such as SMC Ltd., the West Coast division of a global contract manufacturing firm based in Somerset, Wisconsin, specializing in the medical and pharmaceutical sector.
SANTA ROSA — “The best way to keep them working is to keep them happy,” said Rob Turner, founder and president of EMG, Inc., about the more than five dozen production employees in the north Santa Rosa factory. From injection molding for plastic cases around the company’s dozens of variations of electromagnetic pickups for amplifying musical instruments to precise wire winding for pickup coils to cable assemblies, the factory staff make and assemble most all the key components in a 30,000-square-foot factory in an industrial park near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport.
PETALUMA — Winning in the environment category of Manufacturing Awards is HydroPoint Data Systems Inc., maker of WeatherTRAK, a smart irrigation system. Yet HydroPoint is more than a manufacturing company, as CEO Chris Spain pointed out. Its systems include wireless tech, software, high performance computer processing and analytics, mobile and cloud computing, and service is a huge component in the company’s success.
SANTA ROSA — Direct Flow Medical, Inc., (DFM) developer of a unique, second-generation transcatheter aortic heart valve system, is using break-through technology and minimally-invasive catheter based procedures to replace diseased and defective heart valves in about 30 minutes, achieving positive, lasting results without major side effects often associated with previous alternatives.
ST. HELENA — For more than six decades, the Trinchero family have been leading development of the wine industry, from attracting more consumers acquire and refine their tastes in wine to providing wine in something other than a glass bottle to reducing the impact of wine production on the environment.
CORTE MADERA — EO Products’ proud “Made in Marin” line on the labels of its line of personal care products almost had to be rewritten as the company considered whether growing locally still made economic sense for a consumer products maker. But now the September target is looming for an expansion move to a higher-capacity plant twice as large in San Rafael, thanks to active help from a commercial property owner, city and regional economic developers and public officials.
SANTA ROSA — Agilent Technologies’ commitment to education has been amply demonstrated in the North Bay, where students from elementary school through college graduation benefit from a series of programs and partnerships.
SANTA ROSA — With 80-percent of its products exported, and no customers in Northern California, ITT Corporation’s BIW Connector Systems business unit operates mostly under the radar of the local business community. The company manufactures heavy-duty electrical power connectors used in oil and gas production.
HEALDSBURG — Will Seppi said he recalled the childhood days when “earning allowance” meant clocking in at the family business, Costeaux French Bakery, in Healdsburg. The reminders surround him — workers knead dough by hand as they have for decades, producing dozens of varieties of breads, pastries and desserts for direct sale and distribution.
ROHNERT PARK — IDEX Health & Science LLC, produces a variety of precision fluidic components and sub-systems for the analytical chemistry and clinical diagnostics markets, including rotary shear valves and liquid-line degassers manufactured in its Rohnert Park facility.
PETALUMA — Small Precision Tools Inc. of Petaluma specializes in manufacturing tools and components with microscopic dimensions — sometimes narrower than a human hair — for producing tiny-sized products, mainly computer chips and devices for medical and dental treatment.
While many of the North Bay’s manufacturing companies have seen success in recent years, Dick Herman, president of the manufacturer advocate 101MFG, said that there is a crisis looming for companies of all scales as the years march on.
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