EDAWN welcomes new and expanding companies in Reno region
The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada honored 27 companies that relocated to the Greater Reno-Sparks area, and welcomed its newest addition, Mishimoto Automotive, at EDAWN’s New and Expanded Companies Welcome Reception on Dec. 8.
Mishimoto, a manufacturer of after-market cooling systems for the automotive industry, will move into a new approximately 53,000-square-foot facility in Spanish Springs.
Some of the other companies recognized by EDAWN at the event were Cam Concept and Alltrade Tools.
Cam Concept is developing augmented trailer and hook-lift systems and hybrids for such industries as waste management and construction.
Jacques Simard, vice president and founder of the company located in Sparks is looking to add staff and capital to get his venture going. He operates the company with his brother and sister-in-law, who live in Canada.
“We’ve been around for about 10 years now. I have one client here in Nevada, and starting to sell across the U.S. with reps in California, Washington, and an agreement with one Wisconsin,” Simard said. “I’m going to look to EDAWN to help with manufacturing and marketing in the West Coast and all the states.”
Alltrade Tools is a global company that designs and manufactures tools and shop equipment. It is relocating its distribution facility from California.
“(Reno-Sparks) is a community that’s vibrant and growing and we want to be a part of it,” said Robert Ellis, senior vice president for Alltrade. “When you’re a new company in the area, you can come under a lot of pitfalls, such as business licensing and things like that. These people were very helpful in making sure we had all of our ducks in a row.”
In additon to company honorees, Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of EDAWN, was presented with an EDAWN Coin for his five years of service to the organization and the community. Kazmierski was lauded for helping to reduce unemployment, which was at an all-time high of 25,000 when he arrived in 2011 and bringing numerous companies to the region.
The reception drew more than 400 attendees at the Peppermill Resort Casino Spa.
Companies that moved into Greater Reno-Sparks in 2016:
(Jobs created are based on five-year projections. Three companies chose not to be disclosed, but are creating almost 500 new jobs to the area.)
Alltrade Tools: Designer, manufacturer and marketer of tools and shop equipment, distribution center in Reno (35 jobs)
ArroHealth: Full-service provider of risk adjustment solutions in the healthcare industry, back office services center in Reno (300 jobs)
Better World Books: Online book store, E-commerce center in Reno. (200 jobs)
CAEK Inc.: Software technology company, software and headquarters facility in Reno. (171 jobs)
Cam-Concept: Manufacturer of a hybrid trailer and hook lift system for vehicles, manufacturing and headquarters facility in Sparks. (10 jobs)
Capstak: Market network for commercial real estate professionals, software and headquarters facility in Reno. (25 jobs)
Cimpress: Mass customization of print, signage, apparel, gifts packing and other products, manufacturing and headquarters facility in Reno. (150 jobs)
Distribution Resources: Apparel distribution and fulfillment company, distribution center in Washoe County. (12 jobs)
Dragonfly Energy: Manufacturer of lithium ion batteries, manufacturing and headquarters facility in Reno. (10 jobs)
Exxel Outdoors: Provider outdoor recreation products, distribution facility in Reno. (70 jobs)
FDC Graphic Films: Provider of vinyl film and other sign-related and printing materials, distribution facility in Reno. (50 jobs)
FedEx Ground: Subsidiary of FedEx Corp., shipping services, opened a logistics facility in Reno. (9 jobs)
ITS Logistics: Third-party logistics company, logistics facility in Sparks. (55 jobs)
Jet.com: Online shopping service, E-commerce center in Storey County. (500 jobs)
Mary’s Gone Crackers: Manufacturer of gourmet, organic, and vegan foods, manufacturing and headquarters facility in Reno. (365 jobs)
Mishimoto Automotive: Manufacturer of cooling products for the automotive industry, distribution center in Washoe County. (15 jobs)
Pertici North America: Branch of Pertici Industries in Italy, provides technology for manufacturing aluminum windows and doors, opened a manufacturing facility in Reno. (6 jobs)
ProThera, Inc.: Nutrition-focused healthcare company, manufacturing facility in Reno. (25 jobs)
Rackspace: Provider of managed cloud services, data center in Storey County. (50 jobs)
Revision Brewing Co.: Craft beer producer and taproom, manufacturing and headquarters facility in Storey County. (45 jobs)
Samba TV: Specialist in real-time TV analytics, software and headquarters facility in Incline Village. (30 jobs)
Sonwil Distribution: Provider of third-party logistics, logistics facility in Reno. (200 jobs)
Thrive Market: An E-commerce, online store of healthy foods, E-commerce facility in Reno. (400 jobs)
Todson: A company that partners with Topeak, OnGuard Velox and MET offering cycling apparel, distribution center in Reno. (10 jobs)
“I point out many cases of where privately owned companies do just as bad a job as publicly owned companies,” says Reno resident and former teacher Robert (R.D.) Gardner.