Business Organizations

Solano County’s chambers of commerce recently honored local businesses and community members, such as Meyer Corp. and Travis Credit Union, for their contributions to the community. They did so at the Spirit of Solano luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. About 325 people attended the sold-out event hosted by Westamerica Bank and the Solano Economic Development Corp.

Meyer Corp., the cookware giant with its main distribution center on 58 acres in Solano Business Park, won recognition from the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce. It opened a 165,000-square-foot, 100-foot-tall warehouse in 2010 that has an automated storage and retrieval system.

The Vacaville Chamber of Commerce honored Travis Credit Union. Among other things, chamber officials praised the credit union for being involved in helping nonprofit organizations ranging from Boys & Girls Clubs to Habitat for Humanity.

Foster’s Bighorn Restaurant and Bar won the Spirit of Solano award from the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce.

Other Spirit of Solano honorees were: Michael Paric of Computer Business Solutions, honored by the Benicia City Council; Max Villalobos, manager of the Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano service area, honored by the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce; Jim and Kathy Ernest of Ramtown Karate, honored by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce; Mary Bitagon of Vallejo, honored by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Solano County; Roberto Cortez of Vallejo, president of Monarch Engineering, honored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Solano County; Ruby Joyce Barnett, owner of Ruby Joyce Barnett Nationwide Insurance Agency in Vallejo and Oakland, honored by the Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce.Transportation

Fairfield-based MV Transportation, Inc. announced the opening of its new Dallas location in the well-known and centrally located Premier Place Building at 5910 North Central Expressway. This executive office location adds to the company's two support center locations: one in Northern California and one in Iowa. Members of MV Transportation's executive leadership team, including the company's chief executive officer and chief operating officer, have relocated and are now based in Dallas. Larry Biggers, recently announced as MV's vice president of national call centers, will soon follow to establish the company's first national call center, also based out of this location. The company aims to open its center in early 2012 and grow to 200 employees by the end of the year.Wine

Napa Valley Vintners, a  nonprofit trade association representing more than 420 wineries in the appellation, announced that the country of Thailand has recognized Napa Valley with Geographic Indication (GI) Status that will protect the American wine region from misuse of its name in wine labeling in that country. The NVV worked directly with Thailand's Department of Intellectual Property on the registration which reads, "The combination of Napa Valley's unique geography, climate, geology, and the winemaking traditions as well as the human skills of the Napa Valley vintners give Napa Valley wine its distinctive taste and unique characters."