Fontana, Ontario companies correct environmental violations

   Two Inland Empire companies that voluntarily disclosed and corrected environmental violations have seen penalties waived by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It’s the result of an EPA policy that has been successful in getting companies to make good-faith efforts in self-policing their own environmental compliance.

   The recent self-disclosure cases had potential penalties for Fontana-based Vista Metals Corp. of $164,000 and for Ontario-based Johnson Bateman Co. of $87,100 for environmental violations that the agency determined caused no serious or actual harm to human health or the environment.  Altogether, 15 companies across California avoided about $1.6 million in penalties.

Redlands office property sells for $1.1 million

   Maggie Lane Development Co. has sold a 4,559 square-foot office property for $1.1 million. The property is located at 1481 Ford St., Suites 403 and 404, in the city of Redlands, in close proximity to the 10 Freeway.

   Walter Frome and Bill Livesay of Voit Commercial Brokerage’s Irvine office represented the seller, Maggie Lane Development Co., and Wendy Keplar of Coldwell Banker represented the buyers, Robert and Kathleen Bruner.

   Voit Commercial Brokerage, a member of CORFAC International, is a full-service brokerage firm that specializes in the sales and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties, in addition to investment property sales.

Entertainment companies kick off new sport in San Bernardino, owned by Hollywood-based Ripe Digital Entertainment Inc. — an extreme sports entertainment Web site for men ages 18 – 34 — is teaming with Ultimate Fighting Championship creator Art Davie to debut a new sport that recently kicked off its first competition at American Sports University in San Bernardino.

   It’s the first-ever XARM Heavyweight Tournament, which consists of 10 fighters and combines arm wrestling with contact sports like boxing and martial arts. The winner of the Heavyweight Tournament will earn the title of “XARM Heavyweight Champion,” on top of a $10,000 prize. 

   XARM is a new combat sport wholly owned by Seattle-based Piranha Entertainment LLC. Working with Davie, Piranha has set plans to develop a live sports league with multiple revenue streams for the domestic and international marketplaces.

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Wells Fargo donates to rebuilding efforts after wildfires

   To help victims of the Southern California wildfires, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) said today it is contributing $250,000 to several local agencies across Riverside County and other Southern California counties, including the American Red Cross Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund, to help with relief and rebuilding efforts.

   Wells Fargo customers also may donate to the American Red Cross at more than 1,000 Wells Fargo ATMs throughout San Bernardino, Riverside and other counties. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service and 100 percent of the donation will be sent to the American Red Cross.

   Wells Fargo customers affected by the fires should contact their banker and to visit their nearest Wells Fargo store to discuss financial options. Wells Fargo will work one-on-one with its consumer and business customers to explore case-by-case assistance. Customers also can contact Wells Fargo 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557).

Vineyard National Bancorp reports $28.5 million 3Q loss

   Corona-based Vineyard National Bancorp, the parent company of Vineyard Bank, reported $28.5 million in third-quarter losses on Monday.

   That’s on top of more than $115 million in losses reported between late 2007 and the first half of 2008.  Home builders and developers can’t repay Vineyard what they borrowed during the housing boom.

   The company recently said it is selling its Vineyard Bank subsidiary to a newly-formed Minnesota corporation for $18 million, as long as the corporation raises $125 million in capital and injects $100 million of it into the bank.  The sale is contingent upon shareholder and regulator approval.

Colton native recruited to New York fashion business college

   Michael Sachs, a native of Colton, has joined LIM, a fashion business college in Manhattan, as the associate vice president for student affairs.

   Sachs will be the chief student affiars officer, who is responsible for all strategic and tactical student affairs operations, including the offices of assistant dean, academic advising, registrar, counseling, student life and residential life.

   Prior to LIM, Sachs was the dean of the Campus Life division at the New York Institute of Technology, where he managed the Office of Counseling and Wellness, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, First Year Programs and Orientations, and International Student Services.

WinCo Foods opens grocery store in Victorville

   WinCo Foods LLC has opened a grocery store in Victorville at 15350 Roy Rogers Drive and had its grand opening on Nov. 3.

   Stores are 90,000 – 100,000 square feet, according to WinCo’s web site, and is open 24 hours a day.  Stores are employee owned.  The company employs more than 9,000 workers.

12-unit apartment building sold for $1.85 million in Upland

   John Morrissey and Sabina Patritti of MGR Real Estate Inc. represented Dennis Jones and Naomi Jones in buying a 12-unit apartment building worth $1.85 million from Golden Investments on Oct. 31.

   The apartment is located at 655 Spruce Ave. in Upland.

   Upland-based MGR Real Estate Inc. is located on 1425 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 300.  For more information, call (909) 821-6356.

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Synergy Walls LLC to open Hesperia manufacturing plant in 2010

   Coralville-based Synergy Walls LLC has announced plans to open a computer-automated manufacturing facility — the first of five nationwide — in Hesperia in fall 2010.

   These technology facilities will streamline production and commercialize the use of insulated precast concrete wall panels, using the THERMOMASS Building System. 

   The THERMOMASS Building System was developed in 1980 by Robert T. Long. Sr., the father of Synergy Walls LLC’s CEO and co-founder Scott Long.
   Synergy Walls LLC’s computer-automated facilities utilize proven European technology from Vollert-Weckenmann, GmbH to significantly reduce production costs, while greatly increasing overall quality, and providing guaranteed on-time delivery.

Rancho Cucamonga to spotlight if you’re business savvy or not

   The For You Network will present a panel of financial experts to discuss “With this Changing Economy… Are you Business Savvy?,” an event showcasing panelists like Denise Chilson, owner of Chilson Business and Tax Services, Robert Ochoa of Trilogy Financial, and Josh Stinson of Paychex.  A question-and-answer session will follow.

   The meeting begins with networking at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the private banquet room at Courtyard by Marriott at 11525 Mission Vista Drive in Rancho Cucamonga.

   Those attending will be given the opportunity to present a short forum about their own business.  The cost is $22 for members and $25 for all at the door.  For more information and to make reservations, call (909) 985-3041 or (909) 920-9200. 

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