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Trust Automation of San Luis Obispo Selected for Central California 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award

 National Small Business Week June 17-21, 2013

 

San Luis Obispo, CA - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Fresno District Office announced Ty and Trudie Safreno, owners of Trust Automation Inc. of San Luis Obispo, have been selected as the 2013 Central California Small Business Person of the Year. 

Ty and Trudie Safreno, Owners

An award reception and presentation for Trust Automation will be held on June 17th at 3:00 pm at the business headquarters location, 143 Suburban Road, Building 100, San Luis Obispo. For information regarding the award presentation, please contact Melende Ward at (559) 487-5791 X 2709.

Annually, SBA honors Central California entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy.  Small businesses have proven, year after year, to be the greatest sources of innovation, jobs and growth for California’s economy.  Nominations are judged on seven basic criteria: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects.

The Small Business Person of the Year award recognizes a business owner who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and honors his or her individual contributions to the community. Trust Automation was selected after a stringent competition held amongst businesses located throughout the 15 Central California counties.  The Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo nominated Trust Automation for the award. 

"The Small Business Administration is very proud of the tremendous growth and success that Trust Automation has achieved. This company serves as a role model for other small business entrepreneurs,” said Carlos G. Mendoza, District Director for the Fresno SBA Office.

From humble beginnings, Trust Automation was founded in San Luis Obispo in 1990 by Ty and Trudie Safreno and started as a Motion/Machine control consulting company.  Ty and Trudie are both alumni of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and over the years have guided and evolved the company with increased sales, hiring of additional employees and customer contracts and in 1996 moving from a very modest 3,000 square foot warehouse to the 49,500 square foot facility they occupy now.

Ty Safreno said, “In the early 1990's we focused on consulting and surviving.  Long term goals and strategic planning with our trusted advisors and bank was not part of our daily or even monthly tasks.  Thru the years your focus changes and you realize there is much more help available to small businesses than you thought.”

Fast forward to today and with the help of SBA financing, the business employs 63, operates out of their state of the art facility in San Luis Obispo and is a leader in the control of high precision electric motors and rugged power electronics. The high technology company offers a full array of services from base components for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) to designing and building entire sub-systems or machines from the ground up.  Trust Automation has changed the overall functioning operation of many companies by designing state of the art electronics and software and providing next generation robotic platforms for industries worldwide including sales throughout the Northern Hemisphere, Europe and Asia. 

“It is with great honor that the Board of Directors of the Economic Vitality Corporation congratulates Trust Automation on its 2013 Small Business of the Year award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Its founders, Ty and Trudie Safreno, have worked hard to build a family-owned, small business that is the envy of many communities throughout the nation, while simultaneously raising a family, giving back to the community through non-profits, and growing a technology company. The company continues to thrive with its growing team of professionals and has become a model organization. On behalf of many in the community, we are grateful for the hard work and sacrifices that Ty and Trudie Safreno continue to make to help our local economy and their team,” said Mike Manchak President of the Economic Vitality Corporation.

“In 1990 we never would have imagined our business being this successful.  We are blessed with an amazing, dedicated, creative, and fun team of people to work side by side with.  We are very grateful for everyone’s hard work, and consequently Trust Automation has an envious set of customers, who continue to ask us to expand, because they have experienced the kind of Service, Support and Long Term Partnership we provide,” said Ty and Trudie Safreno.

For additional information:

Ty and Trudie Safreno, Owners
Trust Automation, Inc.
143 Suburban Road, Building 100
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
(805) 544-0761

Mike Manchak, President
Economic Vitality Corporation
735 Tank Farm Road, Suite 264
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
(805) 788-2012

Award presentation will begin at 3:00 on June 17th with tours of the company immediately following.

 

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Streamlining and Simplifying Operations Leads Local Meat Company to Success

Mid Valley Foods, Inc. the 2012 Central California Small Business Person of the Year knows the importance of streamlining business procedures and processes.  The company (formerly E&E Meats) was started in 1979 by Earl Casey and wholesales various processed and packaged meat products to grocery stores, restaurants and deli’s.
 

In 2000, Les and Cheri Casey purchased the business from Les’s father.  They incorporated, modernized and began to expand sales and distribution at a Riverbank facility.  By 2005, it became apparent to the Casey’s that the business had grown to the limits of the old and antiquated facility and additional operational space would be needed for the company to be successful.  Also important was their need to develop new innovative techniques and streamline and simplify existing processes to improve their overall operational efficiency.

 

Over several months the Casey's met with the Alliance Small Business Development Center in Modesto to refine their business plan and loan proposal for construction of a new distribution facility.  Alliance consultants also assisted to develop a strategic operational plan cutting many costs for the firm and improving operational efficiency.  In particular SBDC consultants advised the Casey’s on improving job descriptions and employee duties in order to help them achieve maximum work flow and use the best people in the optimum positions.

 

Alliance SBDC Director Kurtis Clark said this about the Casey's, "When Les and Cheri first came to the SBDC, they had a clear vision of what they knew their business could become but needed help securing financing and creating key business systems in order to minimize costs and maximize their potential. With a strong desire to learn all they could and the tenacity to overcome numerous challenges the Casey’s are making their vision a reality."

 

“In today’s economy it is very important for small business entrepreneurs to review their business operations on a continuous basis.  With the help of the SBDC program we were able to refine and fine tune several operating procedures which saved our company not only in hard cash dollars but in actual staff hours” said Cheri Casey.   

 

In 2010 with the assistance of an SBA 7a guaranteed loan and the City of Oakdale, the company was able to construct a state-of-the-art, 24,000 square foot building that is both functionally and energy efficient.  In the first year the company saw a reduction in energy use even though the new facility is over three times the total cubic space of the old facility.  The new building includes warehouse space, cold storage and offices.  The new location for the wholesale foods distributor will allow for triple the distribution and has already grown to expand their company from 10 employees to a current work force of 30.

 

“Traditionally, entrepreneurs in the food industry have high electrical refrigeration and energy costs.  We were able to streamline with the new building construction our energy consumption by utilizing insulated panels that have increased our efficiencies and actually reduce the business’s monthly electrical costs.  Lowering our overall electrical consumption is money we can now use for other important budget areas,” said Cheri Casey. 

 

Today, Mid Valley Foods serves over 350 customers from multi-million dollar accounts to local small business and with less than a year in their new facility the Casey’s have already discussed the growing need for an expansion of refrigeration and freezer storage space. 

 

"In this challenging economy we recognize that the goal to grow and survive any small business is certainly not for the faint of heart.  We attribute our successes to a firm faith, a strong marriage partnership and the belief that this journey has taken us where we were meant to be.  Although often exhausting, it has definitely been made easier by of the tremendous support and hard work of our staff who all along the way have encouraged us in reaching our dreams and goals for Mid Valley Foods, Inc.," said Cheri Casey.

 

Mid Valley Foods, Inc.
Les and Cheri Casey, Owners
2012 Central California Small Business Person of the Year
1864 Ackley Circle
Oakdale, California 95361      (209) 847-8774

 

 

Mid Valley Foods, Inc. - Central California 2012 Small Business Person of the Year Award

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Fresno District Office announced that Les and Cheri Casey, owners of Mid Valley Foods Inc. have been selected as the 2012 Central California Small Business Person of the Year.

The award presentation for Mid Valley Foods, Inc. will be held on May 22, 2012, at 3:30 pm during a reception at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 South Second Avenue in Oakdale. For information regarding the award presentation, please contact Melende Ward at (559) 487-5791.

Annually, SBA honors Central California entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy.  Small businesses have proven, year after year, to be the greatest sources of innovation, jobs and growth for California’s economy.

The Small Business Person of the Year award recognizes a business owner who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and honors his or her individual contributions to the community. Mid Valley Foods was selected after a competition held among businesses located within the 15 Central California counties served by the Fresno SBA.  The Alliance Small Business Development Center of Modesto nominated Mid Valley Foods for the award. 

"The Small Business Administration is very proud of the tremendous growth and success that Mid Valley Foods has achieved. This company serves as a role model for other small business entrepreneurs,” said Carlos G. Mendoza, District Director for the Fresno SBA Office.

Upon notification that the Casey’s were selected for the award Les said, "Knowing there were several other hard working, dedicated small business owners also nominated for this award we are extremely honored to receive this amazing recognition."

Mid Valley Foods (formerly E&E Meats) was started in 1979 by Earl Casey.  The company wholesales various processed and packaged meat products to grocery stores, restaurants and deli’s.  In 2000, Les and Cheri Casey purchased the business from Les’s father.  They incorporated, modernized and began to expand sales and distribution at a Riverbank facility.  By 2005, it became apparent to the Casey’s that the business had grown to the limits of the old and antiquated facility. 

The Casey’s knew that not only would they need additional operational space in order for the company to be successful but they would also need to develop new innovative techniques to improve their overall operational efficiency.

Over several months the Casey’s met with the Alliance Small Business Development Center in Modesto to refine their business plan and loan proposal for construction of a new distribution facility.  Alliance consultants also assisted to develop a strategic operational plan cutting many costs for the firm and improving operational efficiency. 

Alliance SBDC Director Kurtis Clark said this about the Casey’s, “When Les and Cheri first came to the SBDC, they had a clear vision of what they knew their business could become but needed help securing financing and creating key business systems. With a strong desire to learn all they could and the tenacity to overcome numerous challenges they are making their vision for Mid Valley Foods a reality.” 

In 2010 with the assistance of a SBA 7a guaranteed loan and the City of Oakdale the company was able to construct a 24,000 square foot building.  The new building includes warehouse space, cold storage and offices.  The new location for the wholesale foods distributor will allow for triple the distribution and has already grown to expand their company from 10 employees to a current work force of 27.

Today, Mid Valley Foods serves over 300 customers from multi-million dollar accounts to local small business and with less than a year in their new facility the Casey’s have already discussed the growing need for an expansion of refrigeration and freezer storage space. 

"In this challenging economy we recognize that the goal to grow and survive any small business is certainly not for the faint of heart.  We attribute our successes to a firm faith, a strong marriage partnership and the belief that this journey has taken us where we were meant to be.  Although often exhausting, it has definitely been made easier by of the tremendous support and hard work of those true team players on our staff and other amazing people such as the Alliance staff and our general contractor, DeGraff Development, who all along the way have encouraged us in reaching our dreams and goals for Mid Valley Foods, Inc.," said Cheri Casey.

Small Business Person of the Year nominations are judged on seven basic criteria: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects.

For additional information:

Les and Cheri Casey, Owners
Mid Valley Foods, Inc
1864 Ackley Circle
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 847-8774

Kurtis Clark, Center Director
Alliance SBDC
1020 10th Street, Suite 102
Modesto, CA  95354 
(209) 567-4910

 

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