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San Francisco

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Silicon Valley

THE CENTER OF

BAY AREA BIOTECH

UC Berkeley

San Jose State

Advertising supplement for the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. July 13, 2007


UNION CITY

INTERMODAL STATION DISTRICT

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

• 65,000 square feet of retail space

• Direct Connection to BART, Capital Corridor, ACE,

AC Transit and Union City Transit.

• Interactive public plaza, fountain and fine arts garden

• Fine dining

• Office opportunities for small businesses and major

corporations

• Nearby childcare

• Community center with public meeting space,

galleries, and rooftop terrace

• 2,000 new housing units within five minute walk of

station, of which 300 homes will be affordable

CAN YOU THINK OF A BETTER USE FOR A FOUNTAIN?

For more information, or to schedule a visit to Union City, contact

Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Agency Manager 510-675-5345 or mevanoff@ci.union-city.ca.us


JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT UNION CITY 1

A Letter from Mayor Green

Dear Friends and Business Associates,

Union City is known for its superb business climate. Our community

is a natural hub ideally situated along the I-880 corridor

and the BART system. We are very close to all main airports and

the port of Oakland.

The businesses that have chosen to base their operations here sensed

its tremendous growth potential, especially in the technology sector.

We’re proud to be the home to various leading biotechnology

companies and medical device manufacturers such as, Axygen Scientific,

MacuSight, Penta Biotech, Abaxis and Delta Pacific Products

to name a few. These companies as well as Barry Swenson

Builder enjoy Union City’s welcoming and accessible atmosphere.

Our business-friendly City programs and relationship-driven

economic development team, help you to reach your goals. To

support your business, we provide site location assistance, industrial

development bonds, employee recruitment and training incentives.

A highly active and involved Chamber of Commerce

knows that business owners can call City Hall and talk to any

department head.

Civic amenities are important

to companies and Union City

can boast of having its share.

Earlier this year Union City

opened a sports center featuring

state-of-the-art fitness

equipment and spacious gymnasium.

We offer competitive

corporate rates for membership

to the Sport Center. Union

City has a full concentration of

nationally known restaurants,

such as Tony Roma’s, Chili’s,

Texas Roadhouse and TGI Friday’s. Yet our rich cultural diversity

allows many local restaurants to flourish, offering a wide range of

cuisines. Well-appointed conference facilities are located at the

Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Visionary companies such as yours—on the leading edge of

positive business and cultural change—need to be located in a

like-minded business climate. For a city of 70,000, we offer unmatched

opportunities. It’s a great place to raise a family, and an

ideal environment in which to grow a company. I invite you to establish

your business here, and be a part of our community when

Union City celebrates its first half-century of success in 2009.

All the very best,

Mark Green—Mayor, Union City

Table of Contents

Retail, restaurants, recreation—never a

dull moment in Union City ____________________ 2

Intermodal Transit Station District to become

bustling new downtown ______________________ 3

For MacuSight, cost and the commute

are key considerations _______________________ 4

Panta Biotech lab a jewel in

growing scientific center ______________________ 4

Barry Swenson Builders believes in

transit-oriented housing ______________________ 5

Abaxis finds Union City friendly to

business, and to pets, too _____________________ 6

Customers and employees appreciate Delta Pacific

Products convenient location __________________ 6

Axygen manages global distribution

from centrally-located hub ____________________ 7

50th Anniversary Celebration to make

2009 a spectacular year _____________________ 8


2 UNION CITY

JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT

Retail, restaurants, recreation—

never a dull moment in Union City

For nearly half a century, Union

City has spelled “the good life” for

residents of this mid-sized northern

California city. The city boasts

recreational opportunities for all

ages, including a new Sports Center,

many parks, and an elite entertainment

complex. At just over 70,000

citizens, Union City has been described

as an oasis from the hustle

and bustle of its big city neighbors,

yet pulsing with life.

There is no shortage of things to

do. Union Landing is the city’s highest

profile retail entertainment center. The

center encompasses over 100 acres of

quality shopping, entertainment and

dining development. Union Landing

also boasts Century 25 Theaters, a 25screen

movie theater that has become

one of the top-grossing multiplexes in

the country.

Even more excitement is on the

way, as anticipation builds for the

2007 grand opening of iFly SF Bay,

the Bay Area’s first and only indoor

skydiving venue, where everyone can

experience the thrill of free fall in a

safe environment.

With nearly 50 businesses, Union

Landing is the hottest entertainment

spot in town, and is what retailers

call a “power center.” It draws people

from an area far beyond Union City

itself. That’s good for the city budget

because residents of other cities

are contributing to Union City in the

form of sales tax revenue, as noted in

a report by Munroe Consulting Inc.

for the Economic Development Alliance

for Business.

The center is home to a number

of major retail chains such as Best

Buy, Borders, Lowe’s, and Linens

‘N Things. Specialty stores abound

as well, including Radio Shack, Michael’s,

Office Max, and many others.

“Our Union Landing location

continues to be 100 percent occupied,”

says property manager Donna

Liverpool, whose space includes

many popular restaurants. “Retail

tenants are renewing. They are all exercising

options to extend their leases.

I think businesses really like the

environment here.”

Hungry people will find many

options in Union City, with chain

restaurants like T.G.I. Fridays, Tony

Roma’s, Chevy’s, and Chili’s all conveniently

located at Union Landing.

More adventurous diners will

find numerous restaurants featuring

Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Indian,

Japanese, and Korean food, among

many others. And no restaurant

haven would be complete without

stores such as Starbucks, Jamba Juice,

Krispy Kreme, Baskin-Robbins, and

In-N-Out Burgers.

After a day of work in Union

City, there are numerous places

for business travelers to stay. The

Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Extended

Stay America hotels and other

fine lodging are conveniently located

right off I-880.

For those who love to stay active,

the Leisure Services department

of Union City maintains an array of

activities and venues for every lifestyle.

From community centers to

swimming pools to ball fields, from

dog parks to skate parks to tennis

courts—and more—the city has the

necessary resources to fuel a vigorous,

fun-filled lifestyle. Organized classes

and activities for all age groups, from

children to seniors, are also available.

For fitness buffs, the city’s brand new

Sports Center offers state-of-the art

workout equipment, exercise classes,

basketball courts, and even sports

massage therapy.

The Old Alvarado Farmers Market

is a popular stop for residents

and visitors, and it offers year-round

fresh produce. In the summer, a

weekly concert series draws people

for food and fun. Paddy’s Coffee

house, also located in the Old Alvarado

area, is the city’s de facto

grassroots arts center and showcases

the work of local artists, musicians,

and performers.

Whether you take advantage of

the great local flavor or the nearby

metropolitan culture in San Francisco

or San Jose, Union City is tailormade

for a terrific time! ❖


JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT UNION CITY 3

Intermodal Transit Station District to

become bustling new downtown

People talk about global warming and “going

green.” But Union City knows that it takes more

than just talk to change the world — the way

we live needs to change first. One of the biggest

ways to make a difference in the congested Bay

Area will be to get people out of their cars and

into more fuel-efficient transportation.

Union City

has exciting plans

— already in development


which will bring

together numerous

forms of public

transportation

connecting all of

the major work centers. In addition, the city’s

new Station District will include almost 1700

new housing units, making it easier than ever

for people to walk to BART, high-speed rail,

the ACE train, and Capital Corridor trains.

The strategic plan for the regional transportation

hub will take workers to destinations en

route to and including Sacramento, San Jose,

San Francisco, and the Central Valley. Completion

of the Dumbarton Rail service will add service

from the East Bay to the peninsula, as well.

For those arriving at the station from other areas,

Commercial

Development

Land For Sale

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Union City Transit and AC Transit busses will

take commuters to business locations throughout

the city.

Union City envisions a dynamic transit-oriented

neighborhood with housing, jobs, shopping

and new community facilities on 105 acres

of underutilized and vacant land surrounding a

regional transportation

hub — the Union City

Intermodal Station.

In addition to housing,

the development

will add 65,000 square

feet of retail shops and

restaurants, 400,000

square feet of office

space, a “town square” style plaza, and a 30,000

square foot community center. All Station District

amenities are planned to be within a fiveminute

walk of the BART Station — a distance

of less than ¼ mile.

The end result will be a bustling, mixeduse

district that will create a new neighborhood

where people can both live and work. Best of

all – it will be the first district of its kind in the

Bay Area, focused protecting the environment,

saving fuel, and reducing reliance on cars. Right

here in Union City. ❖

SILICON VALLEY

BART Line to Fremont

SITE

Ideal for corporate campus or build to suit

Walk to BART/public transit

Price: $7,000,000.00

880

11th STREET

±16 Acre Land Site Adjacent to BART

Adjacent to Union City BART station

(major renovation underway)

Approved for ±240,000 square feet of offi ce/R&D

DECOTO RD

PALO ALTO

Ideal for corporate campus or build to suit

Walk to BART/public transit

Price: $7,000,000.00

Joe Fabian

510.267.6022

jfabian@naibt.com

Steve Kapp, SIOR

510.267.6008

skapp@naibt.com


4 UNION CITY

JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT

For MacuSight, cost and the

commute are key considerations

Most funded start-up companies

who haven’t yet made their first sale

will agree that the all-important capital

burn rate must be kept to a manageable

level. This is particularly true

in the drug development industry,

where products don’t reach the market

until they’ve made it through all three

phases of clinical trials and receive approval

from the FDA.

MacuSight, a promising pharmaceutical

company focused on developing

innovative therapeutics for the

treatment of severe ocular diseases and

conditions, is an excellent example of

a company navigating these financial

realities.

“When working to develop novel

therapeutics to treat patients with

serious diseases and conditions, you

understand that there is an extended

product development cycle.” says MacuSight’s

President and Chief Executive

Officer David A. Weber, Ph.D.,

“For that reason, it is critical that we

manage our costs well and stretch our

capital funding as far as possible.”

In 2004, MacuSight was ready to

establish its first facility. The company

needed two chemistry labs for analytics

and research and development, as

well as office space for its administra-

”It was important to us

to identify a location

that was both affordable

and within an

easy commute distance

for the scientists

and researchers who

live on both sides of

the Bay.”

David A. Weber, Ph.D.,

President and CEO, MacuSight

tive staff. And, of course, they needed

very favorable rates for the space.

Dr. Weber explained, “It was im-

portant to us to identify a location

that was both affordable and within an

easy commute distance for the scientists

and researchers who live on both

sides of the Bay. We sat down with a

map, identified Union City as one of

the best locations, and then we started

looking for space.”

MacuSight was pleased to find that

Union City is a very efficient place to

do business, partly because of the importance

of the business community

to City staff. It offered a safe, clean, responsive

environment where business

residents are truly valued. The City is

not only interested in attracting biotechnology

and pharmaceutical companies,

but it is highly motivated to

retain them and foster their growth.

Its central Bay Area location offers

easy freeway and bridge access for

staff. “One of the things we love most

about Union City is the reasonable

commute, which actually goes against

traffic for people living in Silicon Valley

or on the Peninsula.”

Union City has great potential for

David A. Weber, Ph.D., President and CEO

business that our colleagues in the biotech

community may not know about,”

said Weber. “We feel very comfortable

that as we grow, there is room for us

to adapt and expand. We want to keep

all of our people in one central facility,

and Union City will allow us to do that

for years to come.” ❖

Penta Biotech lab a jewel in growing

Union City scientific center

Most suppliers to the biotech industry

will tell you that their company

complies with GMP (good management

practice) standards. Penta

Biotech, however, can claim a quality

standard that very few U.S. companies

of its size ever achieve. Penta’s lab has

passed the very rigorous government

inspection process and has received

FDA validation of its processes and

procedures.

Penta Biotech, a contract manufacturer

of pharmaceutical products and

ingredients, started out in Foster City

in 1996. Penta moved to its Union

City site in 1999, where it embarked

on a program of significant, methodical

investment in its state-of-the-art

10,000 square-foot research and production

facilities.

The facility has been specifically

designed for the processing of cytotoxic

or biohazardous drug components.

Each room has separately controlled

air flow, temperature and humidity.

All equipment used for material pro-

cessing is 100% dedicated in its use,

and stays within the GMP Suite at all

times, even for cleaning and storage.

The company is working toward

strengthening its portfolio of intellectual

property, including making a

sustained effort to obtain patents in

both the U.S. and China, where it

faces increasing competition. Patent

protection will position Penta as an

exclusive manufacturing partner and

will enable the company to license its

technology.

It takes time to grow a business

such as ours,” said Vice President Lois

Huang. “Much of our work comes

from long-term research projects. We

knew we needed far-reaching vision as

we invested to build our facilities.”

“We’ve been very impressed with

Union City as our base of business,

and have seen many positive changes,”

said Huang. “You can literally see

the progress the city is making toward

developing a thriving biotech community

here.”

Huang cites an extremely progressive

city management team, where

government leaders will stop by and

visit a business just to learn about the

company and find out what services

are needed.

“Much of our work

comes from long-term

research projects. We

knew we needed farreaching

vision as we

invested to build our

facilities.”

Lois Huang,

Vice President, Penta Biotech

Because she is totally committed

to delivering quality products,

Huang has great respect for prudent

and reasonable building and safety

codes, and noted that Union City

staff have collaborated with Penta’s

architects to ensure the lab construction

met standards. Services to

the GMP Suite are backed up by an

emergency generator capable of sustaining

manufacturing for 48 hours

in case of emergency.

The community itself offers many

amenities to the business community,

including a modern shopping center,

movie theaters, and a wide variety of

restaurants suitable for entertaining

customers. Housing in the community

is of high quality, which is much

appreciated by the company’s life sciences

employees.

“Penta has weathered a number

of business challenges in recent years,

including a competitive market and

economic uncertainties,” said Huang.

However, the company sees much positive

improvement in 2007, including

a number of promising development

initiatives that are both short-term

and easily achievable.


JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT UNION CITY 5

Barry Swenson Builder believes in

transit-oriented housing

Nasty traffic gridlock. Long commutes

to affordable housing. High

gas prices. Poor air quality. Too little

time with family.

Barry Swenson Builder knows that

high-density transit-oriented residential

development will go a long way

toward solving those problems and

improving the quality of life for Bay

Area residents. Unfortunately, as Swenson

discovered, most cities do not

share his vision.

But, when Swenson first started

talking with the City of Union City,

he found that they not only see his

vision, they are committed to making

it happen. It was a perfect partnership.

“The folks in Union City are

really smart people,” said Swenson.

“They see the future. People should

be able to walk to ride. They should

never need to drive to ride public

transportation.”

After unsuccessful meetings with

about 20 other cities to talk about

transit-centered development, Swenson

had conservatively suggested a

10-story development to Union City,

never thinking their response would

be any different. “It blew me away

when the City responded by saying

‘We were hoping to go to 20.’”

At the heart of Union City’s fu-

Barry Swenson President and CEO


ture is the Station District – an area

adjacent to its BART (Bay Area Rapid

Transit) station, and the location for

a new, modern intermodal transit sta-



tion. Union City envisions a dynamic

neighborhood with housing jobs,

shopping a community center, and a

public plaza, Barry Swenson Builder

was quickly engaged to develop the

East Bay’s largest transit-oriented

housing development, which will

put almost 2000 homes within easy

walking distance of BART, busses,

the ACE train, the Capital Corridor,

and eventually the Dumbarton rail

system linking the East Bay to Cal

Train on the Peninsula.

Union City has been able to

secure major funding for the intermodal

transit area from both State

and Federal sources,” said Swenson.

“They have proven themselves to be

very savvy about it, and this, in turn,

encourages the investment of private

money.”

Barry Swenson Builder is planning

four residential towers ranging

in height from 10 to 24 floors and

a strong retail component fronting

on the new 11th Street. The development

will take about ten to fifteen

years to complete.

Besides helping to get Californians

off the freeways, the new buildings

also promise to be energy-efficient

and highly sustainable, according

to Jessie Thielen, the Development

Project Manager for Barry Swenson

Builder.

“High-rise housing actually offers

many more opportunities to conserve

energy than one or two story homes,”

said Thielen. “Most heat is lost via the

roof, floors, and walls. When housing

units are built closely adjacent

to each other, the heat is transferred

to neighboring units, so less energy

is needed overall.” Additional construction

features will ensure that the

homes conserve water, as well.

Swenson and Thielen are excited

about the project, which is the first

of its kind in the East Bay. “Union

City is proving the market by taking

the lead when others are unwilling

to stick their neck out,” said Swenson.

The new town center promises

to bring people closer to transportation,

and have a significant, positive

impact on the quality of life. ❖


6 UNION CITY

JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT

Abaxis finds Union City friendly to

business, and to pets, too

When Abaxis first moved to

Union City in 2001, the company

had no idea that they would form

such strong connections to this vibrant

community. The company’s

line of specialized point-of-care medical

and veterinary analytics have a

precisely-defined life sciences market,

but Union City helped the company

to find its niche with area businesses

and to establish a direct link with local

pet owners, too.

Abaxis first selected Union City

as a relocation target solely because it

satisfied the company’s basic business

criteria. It was centrally-located in the

Bay Area, there was an abundance of

available space, and costs were very affordable.

There was plenty of room to

expand manufacturing capacity over

the next few years, and most of the

company’s operational employees resided

within a short commute of the

new location.

“We stumbled upon Union City,

actually,” said Clinton H. Severson,

Chairman, President and Chief Ex-

As a supplier of plastic components

and device assemblies used

by the biotech and medical device

industry, Delta Pacific Products

needed a headquarters location that

was close enough to its customers

that they could easily come on-site

for design reviews and product inspections.

The solution was easy.

They moved their plastic injection

molding company from Santa Clara

to the eastern side of the Dumbarton

Bridge, reduced customer travel

time, and at the same time improved

their ability to attract qualified employees.

“It really helps us to be within

15 minutes of Silicon Valley,” said

Kevin Dooley, a Delta Pacific partner

and Vice President. Most of the

company’s clients are based either

in the valley or on the peninsula,

so the Union City plant location

puts them right in the middle of the

action. “It is easy for customers to

come our direction, and this enables

us to provide a faster turnaround

Clinton Severson, Chairman and CEO.

ecutive Officer. “Our company was

rapidly outgrowing our Sunnyvale

research and development facility,

and in 2000 we were facing unbelievably

high rent increases. It was time

to move, and Union City had put out

the welcome mat.”

Abaxis found Union City’s Economic

Development Department to

be very responsive to the company’s

special needs. “We were building out

about 100,000 square feet to house

time from our manufacturing facility.”

said Dooley.

Another concern for engineering-focused

companies is the availability

of skilled workers, and the

Union City location is excellent for

the recruitment and retention of

employees. Delta Pacific staff must

possess very specific knowledge and

experience in a niche area of injec-

our manufacturing operations, and we

needed numerous permits along the

way,” said Severson. “If the City had

questions about one of our requests,

they made it clear that they were there

to help us, not hinder us. Our needs

were met with personal attention and

prompt responses. They wanted us

here, and made certain that our plant

construction was not delayed.”

Last year, Union City hosted its

first Biotech Symposium to give its

medical and life science businesses an

Union City had put

out the welcome mat.”

opportunity for exposure to other local

companies, and a chance to showcase

their products and R&D initiatives.

It was at this event that Severson

learned what it meant to be a Union

City business.

“The Biotech Symposium inspired

us to become more involved in

tion molding for medical uses, and

those individuals are often found in

the East Bay or in San Jose.

Homes are affordable and schools

are excellent. The area also offers convenient

access to freeways and transportation

systems. This is especially

important to Delta Pacific, which

runs shifts of production teams 24

hours a day, seven days a week.

the community. Silicon Valley is so

big, that no one paid much attention

to us there. Here, we met our neighbors,

and came to know many people

who are actively involved in the city,”

said Severson.

And now Abaxis gives back in

kind. Earlier this year, pet owners

around the country were scared and

worried when hundreds of brands of

pet food were recalled because of potentially-deadly

contamination. Abaxis

and its staff quickly pulled together

a Saturday program in Union City to

offer free blood testing services to local

pet owners, and the company was

able to save the lives of at least 10 beloved

animals.

Abaxis has been thriving since

moving to Union City, and has seen

its sales increase from $23 million to

$86.2 million a year. With 300 employees

now on board, Abaxis plans

to continue their expansion in Union

City, where there is enough available

space to support several more years of

continued growth. ❖

Customers and employees like Delta

Pacific Products convenient location

City Hall offers the most active

pro-business program I’ve ever seen,

and I’ve done business in a number

of different cities in the Bay Area,”

said Dooley. “For example, our staff

recently took advantage of an excellent

sexual harassment prevention

training program that the city made

available to local business.” Other

free workshops that have been offered

covered topics such as marketing,

finance, and human resources.

Dooley continued, “Union City

has been extremely proactive when it

comes to helping businesses succeed.”

Delta Pacific has a unique facility by

most standards, which includes a clean

room and specialized production machinery.

“The Fire Department helps

us to stay on top of safety, storage, and

maintenance requirements.”

“If I need any assistance from the

city, I just pick up the phone and call,”

said Dooley. “The highest compliment

I can give is this: When Union City

says they are going to do something,

they usually do. We like that.” ❖


JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT UNION CITY 7

Axygen manages global distribution

from centrally-located hub

The Axygen Scientific story is all

about sustained business growth and

a never-ending quest for more space.

But, Axygen’s Bob Hill believes they

have “hit the Mother Lode” in Union

City. Not only

is it a prime location

for the

company’s global

distribution hub,

but the City itself

is very proac-

tive in support of

business.

A leading

Bob Hill,

VP sales and marketing

supplier of laboratory plastics for the

medical, scientific, and research industries,

Axygen first moved to Union

City in 1997 with only 40 employees

and $2 million in revenues. It didn’t

take long to outgrow the first 35,000

square-foot factory, so, they moved

into a new 110,000 square foot facility.

As Axygen revenues trend toward

over $90 million this year, the company

now leases an additional building

DOWE BUSINESS PARK has a sense of place.

From the extensive rolling

landscape surrounding the

business park to over 600

mature trees, Dowe Business

Park is designed for

the company that takes pride

in its place of business, a

company that wants a high

profile identity. Distinctive

yet adaptive design provides

a pleasing environment for

your most important business

resource - people.

With over 353,000 square

Dowe

feet of office, flex office/

warehouse, R&D and light

industrial buildings, it is

suited for practically any

business and large enough

to handle any of your future

expansion requirements.

in Union City, and has added product

manufacturing facilities in New Jersey,

Poland, and China.

“The location is perfect for sales

and distribution,” said Hill, who

serves as Vice

President of Sales

and Marketing.

“We’re 12 miles

from the Oakland

Airport, 15

miles from the

Hemant Gupta,

CEO

Port of Oakland,

21 miles from

the San Jose

Airport, and 35 miles from the San

Francisco Airport. If we want to put

product on a ship or a train, it is right

next door.”

Axygen’s Chief Executive Officer

Hemant Gupta believes the company’s

growth has been aided by ongoing interest

and support from City Hall.

Union City offers a very friendly, but

very professional, proactive business

climate. When we needed space, Economic

Development staff showed us

available properties. When we needed

assistance with our security, the Chief

of Police responded very quickly.

When we needed to ensure compli-

“We’re 12 miles from

the Oakland Airport,

15 miles from the Port

of Oakland, 21 miles

from the San Jose Airport,

and 35 miles

from the San Francisco

Airport. If we want

to put product on a

ship or a train, it is

right next door.”

ance with OSHA safety requirements,

we got assistance from the Fire Chief

DOWE

BUSINESS

PARK

Where

People

Enjoy

Doing

Business

Bob Hill,

VP sales and marketing

and his department.”

The partnership between business

and government is an important one

for Axygen, a company that believes

a symbiotic relationship helps both

parties to thrive. Axygen’s facility includes

state of the art manufacturing,

testing, and laboratory equipment,

much of which required inspections

and special permitting, all of which

have been positive experiences. “We’re

confident that Axygen and the City of

Union City have common goals,” said

Gupta.

Another location advantage benefits

Axygen employees. “Many of our

employees live within two miles of our

plant,” said Hill. The area is home to a

growing population of engineers and

scientists, as well as administrative

and light industrial workers.

Axygen’s growth target is to achieve

$500 million in sales within five years,

while continuing to provide the highest

quality products and services to

the worldwide biotech, medical, and

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8 UNION CITY

JULY 13, 2007 | ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT

50th Anniversary Celebration to

make 2009 a spectacular year

Plans are underway for the biggest

party ever seen in Union City – so big,

in fact, that it will take an entire year to

host all of the scheduled activities! An

unforgettable celebration is planned,

with more than a dozen events throughout

2009 – Union City’s 50th birthday

year.

Activities will kick off with two lavish

New Year’s Eve galas on Dec. 31,

2008. The city’s spectacular new Sports

Center will be transformed into a glittering

winter wonderland for the elegant

Black and White Ball. Happening

at the very same time will be a rockin’

Masquerade Ball at the nearby Crowne

Plaza Hotel.

January 26, 2009 will be the date

for an historical re-enactment of the

city’s incorporation in 1959, sure to be

a homecoming for civic leaders from all

fi ve decades of our past. The year will

also offer a series of historical tours and

lectures, including special programs in

local schools and the library.

February will bring in the Year of

the Ox at Union City’s fi rst major fam-

ily-friendly celebration of the Lunar

New Year! The highlight of the day will

be a mini New Year’s parade, featuring

the popular Lion and Dragon Dances.

Union City’s Anniversary parade

in May is sure to be a crowd pleaser,

with fl oats, marching bands, horses,

drill teams,

and and all the

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a hometownaudience

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handle. The end of

the parade will lead

families to Kennedy

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a huge car show, featuring vintage cars

and trucks, concept cars, and green vehicles.

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sports and activities, with talented

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The culmination

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of Union City’s Community Mosaic

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include contributions from hundreds

of residents.

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presented jointly by Union

City’s churches, temples.

The exciting 50th Anniversary Festival

on September 12-13 will be the

highlight of the year-long celebration.

From music and the arts, to food and

games, to an extravagant light show in

the sky – Union City will be the place

to be in September. Plans for the party

in the park include a two-day music

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sure to be enjoyed by all.

Union City’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

will come to a close just like

it began, at the stroke of midnight on

New Year’s Eve. But the 2009 event will

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