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We’ve Been Working on the Railroad

It’s March, 1997, and the Manufacturing Group becomes the sole business voice to advocate for the creation and funding for a new train – the Altamont Commuter Express, or ACE – providing rail service linking the Central Valley with Silicon Valley.  March marks the date that the California Transportation Commission grants the final $13.7 million to make the first two round-trip trains a reality.  Service begins just 19 months later on October 19, 1998.

In other news, January 1 of 1997 also marks the retirement date of the Manufacturing Group’s second CEO, Gary Burke, when he takes an executive position at NASDAQ.  A young man named Carl Guardino is hired to fill the big shoes left vacant by Gary Burke, and his predecessor Peter Giles.

Join us for our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday evening, July 28.

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