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Chevron’s secondary ‘main’ office still on track

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POSTED September 24, 2009 1:53 a.m.
LATHROP – T.J. FIG Inc., a defense contractor company, has moved into the KB Home facility in Lathrop.

Located previously in Stockton at the industrial park near the Stockton Metro Airport, T.J. FIG moved its operations in Lathrop and opened its doors on Monday, city officials announced during the council study session Tuesday night.

T.J. FIG is only subleasing a portion of KB Home for just six months, Interim Economic Development Director Tom Ruark said in his update of the latest economic activity in the city.

But Assistant Community Development Director Charlie Mullen hopes the company will keep their doors open in Lathrop for a longer time period.

“We’re here to roll out the red carpet for them,” said Mullen.

“We’re not quite sure yet,” a company spokesperson said Wednesday when asked about their plans in Lathrop.

She added that they are occupying “the larger portion of the (KB Home) building” which is located behind Target just a block away to the east from City Hall.

The show room remains vacant, and has been since the economic downturn that saw many of the new homes in west Lathrop shuttered due to foreclosures.

T.J. FIG which introduces itself on its web site as “an emerging leader in military maintenance and services to the US Army,” is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

T.J. FIG is just one of several bits of good news that were announced by city staff at the special council meeting. The Chevron building, which will serve as a “secondary” main office for the fourth largest non-government energy company in the world based in San Ramon, has already obtained a temporary occupancy permit from the city, said City Manager Cary Keaten. That means the building meets all codes for building and fire inspection and can be occupied but that there are still other things on the check list that needs to be okayed by the city, he explained.

Ranked No. 4 on the Fortune 500 list, the Chevron office will be utilized for marketing and emergency operations in the valley. It is one of several new businesses in the TCN Properties development south of Target Store on South Manthey Road.

While the Pilkington Glass expansion project has been put on hold, this project is not dead in the water, staff told the council.

A letter sent by the company to the city indicated “they are still interested in doing it; the project is on hold until March,” staff told council officials.

Pilkington Glass (formerly the Libbey-Owens-Ford plant on Louise Avenue), along with San Joaquin Partnership, met with city officials last year and said that a company wants to partner with Pilkington in constructing a facility adjacent to the glass plant that will be used to manufacture solar generation products. However, due to the economic downturn, the project is on hold for two reasons, Keaten said. One is the economy, and the other is the price of gas which has dropped significantly.

“I don’t think they want to go away because I think they are interested in the project,” Keaten said about the project proceeding as planned.

City officials said that this project is on hold until March, according to a letter that the city received from the project proponents.
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