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BYD Opens San Carlos Service Center

BYD Opens San Carlos Service Center

Known as “The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature” and the world’s leading electric vehicle company, Build Your Dreams (BYD), announced the opening of its newest North American service center in San Carlos, California last week. The expansion adds to the more than $250 million the company has already invested in the North American region.

With its double-bay and warehouse center equipped facility spanning 15,600 square feet, the new service center will provide added support for customers seeking quick access to parts, services, and maintenance for its buses and trucks which include the 30-foot K7M, the 35-foot K9S, 40-foot K9M transit buses, the 23-foot C6 coach, the 35-foot C8 coach, and BYD’s 45-foot double-deck bus, C10MS.

Transportation agencies in BYD’s customer portfolio that will benefit from the service center include agencies such as Marin Transit, Napa Valley Vine Transit, Solano County’s Soltrans, Fresno County’s Rural Transit Agency, Tri Delta Transit, and Monterey-Salinas Transit.

Other industries involved within the company’s robust customer portfolio include global tech companies and universities in the Bay Area and Central California regions.

“With more than 100 BYD buses operating in the Bay Area, BYD wants to make sure our customers receive quick, expert care,” said Bobby Hill, BYD Vice President, Coach & Bus. “BYD is committed to top-quality customer care.”

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Study Shows Global Trade Represents 1 out of 5 jobs in California

The Golden State makes news headlines once again boasting its impressive job market. The latest numbers from a study released by Business Roundtable and prepared by Trade Partnership Worldwide confirms a whopping 4,710,600 jobs are supported by global trade in California. The study gathered the most recent information available reflecting employment data from 2017.

“The CEO members of Business Roundtable, who lead companies with more than 15 million employees, strongly support congressional passage of USMCA implementing legislation this year. We stand united to preserve and modernize North American trade, which supports over 12 million jobs and a strong U.S. economy,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. and Chair of the Business Roundtable Trade & International Committee.

In addition to the massive employment numbers supported by global trade, California’s export market is also revealing impressive numbers. The same study also revealed goods and services exports made up 11.2 percent of the state’s overall GDP as it exported up to $59.5 billion in goods and services to Mexico and Canada in 2017.

The study in its entirety can be found here.

Report Reveals California as Tech Employment Hub

In 2018, the state of California increased its tech-related jobs by 51,567 according to the CompTIA Cyberstates 2019™ report, ultimately contributing to the state economy.

“Clearly the broad-based impact of the tech industry touches virtually every community, industry and market across California, especially when you consider the millions of knowledge workers who rely on technology to do their jobs,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.

These numbers confirm that the state is increasingly becoming a tech-employment hub in the nation, with a reported increase of an estimated 360,000 jobs over the last two decades.

“When it comes to tech jobs, California is at the top in all categories from tech workforce total, tech jobs added and innovation score. More than 1.78 million Californians have a tech-related job, contributing more than $481.7 billion to the state’s economy and median annual wages of more than $96,000,” said Kelly Hitt, director of state government affairs for CompTIA in California.

“The findings attest to a tech labor market that will remain tight as employers balance short-term needs with an eye towards the future,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “As digital-human models begin to unfold, employers and employees alike will face new challenges – and opportunities, in shaping the workforce of tomorrow.“

Zero Emissions Efforts Continue for the Golden State

The California Air Resources Board has officially adopted the Innovative Clean Transit regulation that requires  the implementation of a zero-emissions transit system to be in effect in 2040. Build Your Dreams, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, announced the regulation welcoming the green initiative.

BYD President Stella Li comments:

“We stand ready to deliver and make the transition to zero emission buses a reality. Thank you to the California Air Resources Board and Governor Brown for their leadership. Our Lancaster facility has the capacity to produce 1500 buses and we have partnered with Generate Capital to make a leasing program available to accelerate this transition. We also provide solar and storage products that can help customers charge their new buses. We are excited to work with leaders across the state to transition their fleets.”

BYD is one of many companies jumping in to spur lowered emissions incentives for cleaner air and environments. The company already offers services from battery-electric, zero-emissions buses that go beyond regulation standards from FTA “Buy America,” of which include 70% + U.S. content. Over 10 California-based transit agencies have committed to  100% zero-emissions buses by the given 2040 deadline, projecting the changes to take effect as early as 2030.

What is it going to take for transit agencies to assure compliance with the regulation? The release highlights the need for continued or additional funding from the state to offset the incremental costs required to implement the multiple zero-emissions regulation programs, stating that the funding is “absolutely vital to ensuring transit agencies can comply.”

The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, and the global leader in battery-electric buses with more than 35,000 buses in service across 200 cities, 50 countries and six continents. The firm has produced more than 280 buses in North America; and sold and/or leased in excess of 600 buses in total to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 13 states, and across 4 provinces in Canada. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail (monorail), energy storage and solar power generation. BYD’s stock is publicly traded and Berkshire Hathaway based in Nebraska is the largest public shareholder. For more information, please visit

California Wildfire Crisis

What are now known to be the deadliest wildfires in California history (NY Times) have left many with massive damages to their homes and businesses. These fires also grant the opportunity for logistics companies to join forces and extend a helping hand to those that have been so devastatingly impacted.

“We hope this would be the last time this year that we have to send out an APB like this, because each one represents a major catastrophe that we wouldn’t wish on anyone,” said Executive Director Kathy Fulton. “However we’re thankful for the overwhelming response we’ve received from members of the logistics community.  Various companies have stepped up to help us fulfill requests for everything from forklifts and pallet jacks to logistics space and transportation services.  And that in turn has helped us make a considerable difference for disaster survivors.”

American Logistics Aid Network released a formal announcement this week stating that, “Effective immediately, the organization has expanded its disaster micro-site ( to include key details about the California fires and their related logistics needs.  And late yesterday the organization fulfilled its first request for logistics assistance – donated transportation of comfort items and clean-up supplies –  to fire-impacted areas.”

Executive Director Kathy Fulton explained that, “The need for our supply chain assistance to the people who are being impacted in California hasn’t been extensive yet, however the operative word is yet, which is why we hope members of the logistics community will stay in touch with us often in the days or weeks ahead – or consider making a pre-offer of any space, services and equipment they’d be willing to donate to relief efforts.  Like many disasters this one will continue to be an ongoing story for us for many weeks or months to come, so every donation or offer of assistance truly helps.”

The wildfires have destroyed over 7,100 structures with the majority of them being homes (NY Times). President Donald Trump has officially announced via Twitter his approval for an “expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of California” yesterday and gave a candid speech honoring the mourning of the 42 lives lost so far.

American Logistics Aid Network encourages other logistics providers to consider their role during this time and extend assistance when the chance presents itself.

For more information on how your company can help these efforts, please contact Lori Lockman via email at:

About ALAN:  Founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ALAN is a philanthropic, industry-wide organization that provides free logistics assistance to disaster relief organizations before, during and after catastrophic events.  It does this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with compassionate organizations so that help can arrive sooner, and each relief dollar can be maximized.  Over the years it has coordinated compassionate supply chain services for numerous natural disasters including hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and floods.  To learn more visit


Bayer CropScience Opens New US Research Center

West Sacramento, CA – Bayer CropScience has opened a new research and development facility in West Sacramento, California to support the company’s work in developing improved seeds and crop protection products.

According to the Germany-based company, the new $80 million facility, which will serve as the global headquarters of Bayer CropScience’s Biologics Business, is situated on 10 acres of land and features a 100,000-square-foot building and a 35,000-square-foot pilot plant to support research and development of biological crop protection products.

In addition, a 30,000-square-foot vegetable seeds research building and a 2,000-square-foot greenhouse will be on-site with five acres of nearby land for future greenhouse space.

“We are investing heavily in R&D infrastructure such as laboratories, greenhouses and breeding stations as well as new production capacities and seed processing facilities,” said Bayer CropScience CEO Liam Condon, adding that the company aims to grow faster than the US market.

Bayer CropScience plans to invest close to $1 billion in capital expenditures (CAPEX) in the US States over the next several years, mainly to ramp up research and development and to expand a world-class product supply of its top crop protection brands.

In addition to building its R&D network in the US, the company is also investing significantly in the production capacities of the facilities manufacturing its crop protection products.

The company has expanded the capacity of its facilities in Muskegon, Michigan and Kansas City, Missouri, and recently completed the construction of a new plant in Mobile, Alabama to produce its agricultural-grade ‘Liberty’ weed killer.

Bayer CropScience also invested $17 million in the expansion of its Memphis Research and Development site, bringing total greenhouse capacity at the facility to 76,000 square feet.

Located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the Memphis facility works on developing high quality cotton and soybean varieties, as well as trait innovations.

In June 2014, the company announced plans to expand its North American and global seeds headquarters in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.

The RTP site has experienced significant operational growth in recent years, and approximately $200 million will be invested through 2016.

The company also plans to invest approximately $90 million in its Cotton Research and Development Laboratory in Lubbock, Texas.

Founded in 1998, the company’s global cotton headquarters is focused on providing cotton growers with the products and solutions they need to meet the world’s growing demand for fiber.

According to a statement from Bayer CropScience, its overall RTP investment program in the US includes several additional projects – the construction of the Development North America facility dedicated to crop protection and environmental science research; renovations to its North American headquarters; construction of a 6,000 square-foot North American Bee Care Center; and the purchase of 70 acres of land to accommodate a new 29,500 square-foot greenhouse.


California, Israel Forge R&D Project Funding Pact

Sacramento, CA – The government of Israel and the state of California have signed an agreement to fund joint research and development (R&D) projects in a variety of fields including bio-medicine and technology.

According to the agreement, which will be carried out by MATIMOP – the executive agency of Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) – along with the appropriate bodies in the US, companies from Israel and California will receive financial assistance for joint R&D projects in a variety of fields.

The agreement, initiated by the OCS and the Head of Israel’s Economic and Trade Mission to the West Coast, is modeled on similar agreements between Israel and a number of US states.

Under its terms, requests for proposals will be issued in the coming weeks inviting companies from Israel and California to submit joint bids for R&D projects.

According to the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration, California is one of the key target states for Israeli companies active in the US. The agreement is a component of the mutual economic development pact signed between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and California Governor Jerry Brown in March.”

The R&D agreement was signed at the recent Bio Conference in San Diego, which was attended by a delegation of 17 Israel biomed companies chosen by the Office of the Chief Scientist, MATIMOP, the Israel Advanced Technologies Industries (IATI), and the Israel Foreign Trade Administration.