Business Briefs

Courtesy DOER

Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, located at Alameda Marina, designs and builds remotely operated maritime vehicles. The company was recently named among the East Bay’s most innovative.

Alameda companies among the most innovative

Three Alameda companies — Abbott Diabetes Care, Deep Ocean Exploration & Research (DOER), and Natel Energy — are among 16 finalists for awards that spotlight the East Bay’s most forward-thinking companies.

East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) tapped independent industry professionals to select the finalists. EDA received more than 175 nominations for this year’s awards, representing businesses and organizations from 23 East Bay cities. EDA will recognize the finalists at a gala on Feb. 19, 2015, at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Abbott Diabetes Care, located at Harbor Bay Business Park, develops products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare.

DOER, located at Alameda Marina, designs and builds remotely operated vehicles for a variety of maritime purposes.

Natel Energy is based out of the control tower at the former Naval Air Station and helps produce hydroelectric power from existing dams, irrigation canals, and other hydropower resources.

Harbor Bay businesses grow

ABB Optical Group, Penumbra and VF Outdoor have added more than 178,000 square feet of space to their existing operations at Harbor Bay Business Park.

VF Outdoor will build a 55,288-square-foot "Innovation, Warranty and Digital Lab" building at their existing corporate campus at the park. The company moved its Americas’ headquarters here two years ago. Construction of the new building is expected to be completed by early 2016.

Penumbra, a developer and producer of medical devices for treating strokes and other vascular diseases, recently executed a lease for an additional 78,000 square feet at the business park. The addition brings the company’s total foot print to 176,000 square feet. Since its 2004 inception, Penumbra has grown from 16 to approximately 700 employees.

ABB Optical Group, the nation’s largest distributor of soft contact lenses, recently extended its lease at the business park for 10 years. The lease included an 45,000 square feet, which more than double the company’s size to 95,000 square feet. ABB plans to move into its new space in March.

West End business news

• The City Council approved plans for the Pacific Pinball Museum to expand into the historic Carnegie Library across from City Hall. Plans are to maintain the current location for gaming and activities and focus on historic games in the new museum.

• Albert’s Cafe is under new ownership.

• HairTech salon will be expanding into the space previously occupied by Red Wagon Collectibles (the long-time Webster Pharmacy) to create a day spa.

• Wescafe Creamery has closed.

• Chicha Peruvian Bistro reopened Dec. 13 after a remodel.

• Safeway at Alameda Landing is scheduled to open Friday, Jan. 9, and is hiring for a number of permanent, part-time positions.

PSBA needs help

The Park Street Business Association (PSBA) is looking to hire a part-time member services assistant.

The candidate for this job should have strong organization and computer skills, as well as a friendly and outgoing personality.

Tasks include maintaining the member database, answering correspondence, coordinating mixers, preparing committee reports and helping with special events.

Candidates should contact Robb Ratto, 523-1392, to learn more.