New San Francisco Company Thriving In Poor Economy

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In this time of business uncertainty, one company is thriving and expanding its manufacturing in San Francisco.

The Heath Ceramics Company plans to manufacture its high-end artisan tiles at Florida and 18th Streets in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood.

Co-owner Catherine Bailey said the company reproduces tile designed in the 1960’s.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer:

“It’s not something that you’re going to do in a remodel and tear out in five years. This is something that should stick with your home for the life of the home,” she said.

The company is based in Sausalito, but co-owner Robin Petravic said it ran out of space.

“Our business has done very well, we’ve grown from 24 people eight years ago to over 100 people today.”

The new San Francisco facility will house 34 employees in its first year.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said incentives like the Enterprise Tax Zone credits have proven useful

“We’ve done a lot in this city to really invite companies that want to manufacture here, especially for this type of industry where I think the workforce is even more diverse,” Lee said.

Heath will continue to make its pottery in Sausalito.

The company’s commitment to San Francisco brings the city’s manufacturing total to 215 businesses employing 3,000 people.

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  • Milan Moravec

    niversity of California Faculty, Chancellors, Provosts thrive while Californians suffer 19% unemployment. I love University of California (UC) having been a student and lecturer. But today I am concerned that at times I do not recognize the UC I love. Like so many Alumni, Donors, Legislators, and Californians I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failures of UC senior management and regents.
    Californians suffers from 19% unemployment (includes those working part time, and those no longer searching), mortgage defaults, loss of unemployment benefits. And those who still have jobs are working longer for less. Chancellor/Faculty wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid.
    UC Berkeley (Cal) planned pay raises for generously paid Faculty is arrogance. UC Berkeley (ranked # 70 Forbes) tuition increases exceed national average rate of increase. Chancellor Birgeneau’s leadership molded Cal into the most expensive public university in the USA.
    Can we do better with a spirit of shared sacrifices by Faculty, Provosts, and Chancellors?
    (17,000 earn more than $100,000)
    No furloughs.
    18 percent decrease UCOP salaries, $50 million budget cut.
    18 percent prune chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim tenured faculty salaries, increase teaching.
    10 percent non-tenured faculty pay decrease, increase research, teaching.
    100% elimination of Academic Senate, Academic Council budgets.

    There is no question the necessary realignments with reality will be painful.

    UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge the public trust gap with reassurances salaries reflect depressed California wages. With UC’s shared financial sacrifices, the sky above UC will not fall.

    Opinion, email UC Board of Regents

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