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Regional Report


Nassco Delivers Last Cargo Ship to Navy

The T-AKE program is over.

General Dynamics Nassco recently delivered the 14th and last cargo ship of the T-AKE design to the U.S. Navy, following successful sea trials.

The USNS Cesar Chavez will deliver dry cargo and ammunition to other Navy ships while under way.

Nassco billed the project as “among the most efficient shipbuilding programs in the United States,” citing a 79.2 percent ship over ship learning curve.

Nassco took two years to build the last of the T-AKE ships, which are 689 feet long.

— Brad Graves


World’s First All Trampoline Park Opens

The first trampoline park in the region opens Nov. 1 at 851 Showroom Place called Sky Zone San Diego.

The franchised entertainment playground bills itself as the world’s first all trampoline, walled playing court allowing people “to literally bounce off walls.”

Owners John Reed and Jim Bellino said they are hiring about 80 people to staff the facility which is about 20,000 square feet and includes areas for 3-D dodge ball, slam dunk basketball, and a foam zone.

The outlet is one of 24 Sky Zones in the U.S. and Canada, with headquarters based in Los Angeles.

Cost for entry ranges from $10 for 30 minutes to $25 for two hours of playtime.

— Mike Allen


Tax Hike for Hotel Bills on Ballot

Residents of Coronado will vote Nov. 6 on whether the community’s hotel operators should charge visitors more tax for their stays.

Measure F would raise the transient occupancy tax added to hotel bills from 8 percent to 10 percent.

A ballot argument in favor of the tax hike, signed by Mayor Casey Tanaka and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Woiwode, says Coronado lost income with the state’s closure of redevelopment agencies, and estimated the hotel tax hike will bring in an additional $2 million per year.

— Brad Graves


Eco Building Signs Two New Agreements

Eco Building Products said it was awarded additional production releases of about $300,000 on a contract to supply its lumber, labor and trusses for the next phase of houses at a Brookfield Homes’ residential project in Ontario, Canada.

The company also said it signed a binding agreement with Global Encasement Inc. of California, which manufactures protective coatings for renewable/sustainable waterproofing, roofing and most interior and exterior building surfaces.

Eco Building said it intends to create a proprietary product for its lumber products using GEI’s topcoat technology.

— Mike Allen


K-Tube Strikes New Distribution Deals

K-Tube Technologies, a maker of miniature stainless steel tubing used in medical devices, said it is working with two new distributing entities, one in Europe and the other in the East Coast, to expand its sales.

The firm said it struck agreements with Medical Engineering Resources to help bring K-Tube’s products to customers in every country in the European Union. It also has an agreement with Medical Metals to provide sales support and technical knowledge and expand K-Tube’s presence in New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

K-Tube is owned by the Cook Group, the company said.

— Mike Allen


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