Year was filled with some significant expansions, moves

More than a dozen North Bay companies undertook major expansions or moves in 2012.

TricorBraun WinePak, the wine division of St. Louis-based packaging supplier TricorBraun, expanded its Northern California distribution facility in a move to a 126,200-square-foot automated distribution facility at 2280 Cordelia Rd. in Fairfield in early January.

That was about the same time TricorBraun WinePak acquired Santa Rosa-based Trilogy Glass & Packaging, making the North Bay's largest wine packaging supplier, with 127 employees.

Petaluma-based Raydiance, developer of next-generation laser technology, leased a vacant 42,000-square-foot former Cisco Systems research-and-development buidling at 1450 N. McDowell Blvd., and expanded from about half that space at 2199 S. McDowell in spring.

Enphase Energy, developer of solar electricity panel microinverters, expanded its Petaluma headquarters offices to 96,000 square feet under 10-year lease in two of three former Alcatel-Lucent buildings on North McDowell Boulevard, now called Sequoia Center.  The expansion came around the time of the company's initial public offering of stock on March 30.

General Dynamics nearly doubled the size of its Healdsburg Operations Facility to accommodate rapidly growing workforce and production needs. In spring the company leased 30,000 square feet at 190 Foss Creek Cir. to convert 20,000 square feet of storage space for manufacturing, half of which will be a class 100,000 clean room. The rest became offices.

The Healdsburg workforce grew from 75 to 150 and the existing 37,000-square-foot facility down the street can't accommodate them. The company planned to hire another 40 by year-end.

The Langer family of Southern California, who acquired a sparkling juice bottling plant in Healdsburg in 2009, is making a multimillion-dollar bet on Sonoma County with a more than four-fold larger bottling plant with three times as much production capacity to support its new Langers of Sonoma brand.

An affiliate of City of Industry-based Langer Juice Co. on Jan. 11 purchased a 54,500-square-foot former JSDU building at 2789 Northpoint Pkwy. in southwest Santa Rosa for $2.81 million and intended to relocate over summer. The total investment in the new facility is around $3 million.

Anette’s Chocolates, the oldest operating chocolate producer in Napa Valley, plans to greatly increase its capacity to make wholesale confections by opening a second local factory. Proprietors Anette Yazidi, the company namesake, brother Brent Madsen and his wife, Mary Stornetta, in April leased a 15,000-square-foot industrial space in Napa Valley Gateway Business Park in south Napa as a second confections kitchen.

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