Stater Bros. Markets announces charity drive

Stater Bros. Markets is collecting nonperishale food items in all of the grocery chain’s 167 stores for its third annual “Harvesting Hope” charity campaign.

The company announced that it is also supporting the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle holiday collections campaign and plans to contribute to the purchase of more than 5,700 turkeys to feed the needy on Thanksgiving.

Stater Bros. Markets is based in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino EDA to host workshop on communications tools

The San Bernardino Economic Development Agency’s Office of Business Development plans to host a workshop to help business owners understand online communications tools and social media.

The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center is on tap to co-host the workshop, which is scheduld to include discussions of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as well as the business applications of video chat and online voice chat.

The workshop is scheduled to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Office of Business Development, 201-B N. E Street, Suite 200, San Bernardino.

Information: 909-890-1242 or

Colton apartment complex sold

BRE Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust, announced its sale of Windrush Village, a 366-unit apartment complex in Colton.

The investment trust also reported the sale of Galleria at Towngage, a 268-unit complex in Moreno Valley. The San Francisco-based BRE Properties reported the sales are part of a strategic move to divest from the eastern Inland Empire and focus on coastal markets.

BRE did not disclose the properties’ new owners in its announcement. The Colton and Moreno Valley complexes sold for a gross sales price of $65.2 million.

A&R Tarpaulins, Garner Holt leaders join honor society

A&R Tarpaulins vice president Bud Weisbart and student employee Yukasa Shida, along with Garner Holt Productions founder Garner Holt, have been named to the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at Cal State San Bernardino.

A&R Tarpaulins, based in Fontana and founded in 1976, manufactures industrial fabrics for used for aerospace and other applications.

Garner Holt Productions is a San Bernardino-based company that manufactures animatronic characters.

Weisbart and Shida were named to the society during its charter meeting of the Cal State San Bernardino chapter of the honor society. Sigma Nu Tau is a national academic society formed to honor and promote entrepreneurship.

In addition to Weisbart, Shida and Holt, five Cal State San Bernardino MBA students and five campus undergraduates also earned membership in the honor society.

Molycorp sales reach record levels in third quarter

Mining firm Molycorp reported record sales of $138.1 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30.

The reported sales levels were 39 percent higher than the company’s reported earnings during the previous quarter.

Molycorp earned $8.5 million during the third quarter of 2010. The company did not revive mining operations at its Mountain Pass location until later in the year.

The company’s mine at Mountain Pass, which is near the Nevada state line in San Bernardino County, is the only place in the United States where rare earths metals can be mined. Rare earths metals are a class of elements that have a variety of applications in high technology, but are rarely discovered in concentrations where they can be effectively mined.

Molycorp’s net income attributable to stockholders reached $45.3 million during the third quarter, a 4 percent increase from the previous three-month period.

The company’s corporate offices are in Greenwood Village, Colo.

IT firm to lead workshop on “cloud computing” in San Bernardino

Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. and the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency’s Office of Business Development plan to host a workshop on “cloud computing.”

Cloud computing refers to the practice of companies or individuals storing data on a third-party’s device, instead of on their own computers. Accent marketing manager Courtney Kaufman is scheduled to discuss the basics of cloud computing and various options offered by companies such as Google and Microsoft.

The seminar is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Office of Business Development, 201 N. E St. Suite 200, San Bernardino.

Information and registration: Call 909-963-5026 or email

Department of Transportation awards $2.2 million to Southern California transit agencies

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority and Omnitrans will receive a combined $2.2 million to improve communications services.

The Los Angeles County agency is set to receive $2 million to improve its 511 line, which travelers use to obtain traffic and travel conditions information.

Omnitrans, which operates bus lines in the San Bernardino and inland valleys, received about $227,000 to improve its 211 line, which callers use for social service referrals and to obtain other information.

Security Bank of California announces executive hire

Security Bank of California announced Thursday that former UC Riverside athletic director Stan Morrison has joined the bank as senior vice president and sales development director.

Security Bank of California has branches in San Bernardino and Redlands. The company’s headquarters are in Riverside.

Morrison also serves as president of Olive Crest’s board of trustees. Olive Crest is a charity that provides foster homes and other assistance for abused and neglected children. His charitable activities also include Inland Empire Boy Scouts of America, Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center and Father of the Year Committee for the American Diabetes Association.

Kohl’s building in Upland sells for $15.43 million

Real estate firm Faris Lee Investments has brokered the $15.43 million sale of the Kohl’s building at 233 S. Mountain Avenue in Upland.

The 76,712-square-foot building was built in 1978 and renovated in 2009. The property is part of the Mountain Green shopping center.

Faris Lee president Rich Walter and senior managing director Donald MacLellan represented the seller, a Lubert-Adler Management West partnership and the buyer, YFP Kohls Upland LLC. Both parties are based in Los Angeles.

Faris Lee Investments is based in Irvine.

Estrada Strategies hires High Desert business coach

Estrada Strategies, a business training firm headquartered in Ontario, has hired Judith Gargyi as the company’s new CEO coach for the High Desert.

Gargyi lives in Apple Valley and is a former executive with Boys & Girls Club of Victor Valley. She has also worked as CEO of her own company, Judith Gargyi & Associates and adult education company with services including English lessons.

In her role with Estrada Strategies, Gargyi will be reponsible for training and coaching executives at small- and mid-sized businesses.