Good News Briefs

Apprenticeship offers Career Path Opportunities for Young People

Michele Daugherty and Lisa Vigil both shared their personal stories of beginning careers as apprentices in the construction industry. After two years in the trades, Daugherty was able to pay for her college education and begin a business. Vigil was working towards a business degree at Delta College when she started an apprenticeship with the former Private Industry Council and started building houses."I didn't even know how to swing a hammer," said Vigil.
They drew in the audience by listing opportunities and wages available in Career Technical Education (CTE) training during the Stockton Chamber of Commerce's BEA Breakfast Symposium this morning at Stockton Golf and Country Club.
Daugherty (left) is President & CEO of ABC Nor Cal, a trade association dedicated to serving construction professionals.
Vigil (right) is the Field and Marketing representative for Carpenters Local 152 in Manteca.
Both spoke about their respective programs, the wage and benefit packages paid during the apprenticeship years as well as it being a career choice for women.
"The only barrier on a construction site now is a safety barrier," said Daugherty. "If we don't show our kids the opportunities - we can't blame them for lack of vision."

PrimeSource holds grand opening in Stockton

PrimeSource Building Products Inc., one of the world's largest purveyors of fasteners, has located to a 139,000 square foot facility in Stockton and they've hired 25 people.They held an open house at the new facility yesterday inviting their customers, local dignitaries and neighbors in the business park north of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport.
The company's customer base includes independent lumber and supply dealers, major retailers and retail building supply chains.
Their core products are just about everything you need to build something including
nails, screws, fasteners, tools, compressors, roofing and gypsum.
PrimeSource, one of North America's largest distributors of building materials, traces its beginnings back to 1938, and its continued growth, to the relationships they have built throughout the industry. They have 34 distribution centers across North America, Hawaii and the Caribbean.
Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Harvey is pictured left with Brad Ecker, San Joaquin Partnership (center) and Tony Wong, Field Representative for Assemblymen Susan Eggman. Harvey says they are excited about this move from a customer and employees standpoint. He says many of their employees already lived in San Joaquin County andno longer have to endure the arduous commute to the Bay