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    RagingWire Data Centers is part of our area’s technology hub.

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    Workers sort almonds at the Blue Diamond plant in Sacramento.

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    Track 7 Brewery is part of the local craft beer boom and has become a neighborhood hangout.

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    Sutter Health is a Sacramento-based health care giant that is expanding in midtown.

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    Pam Marrone is CEO/founder of Marrone Bio Innovations Inc.

Five businesses that made a mark in Sacramento region in 2013

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 5:12 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 - 11:54 am

These businesses, large and small, made a mark on Sacramento in 2013.

Sutter Health – The Sacramento-based health care giant is nearing completion on a $750 million expansion in midtown. The company also announced in November that it would buy Radiological Associates of Sacramento, absorbing its radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging services.

Track 7 Brewery – This tiny brewery in an industrial area off of Sutterville Road in Sacramento epitomizes the craft beer craze, fed by numerous breweries that have popped up all over the region. Track 7 recently doubled its capacity by expanding into the space next door in the warehouse-style building it occupies on West Pacific Avenue. Its wares are found in local stores, including the Nugget grocery chain, and on tap at downtown and midtown restaurants. Its production facility also contains a tasting room that’s become a neighborhood hangout.

Blue Diamond – The growers cooperative, operating out of a sprawling complex on C Street in Sacramento, has introduced a blizzard of new products in recent years and expanded the market for almonds worldwide. It reported record revenue of $1.2 billion for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 30. Blue Diamond has been the driving force in making almonds the state’s No. 1 food export.

RagingWire Data Centers – This company is one of several that have turned Sacramento into a mini-hub for the data industry, which hosts websites, crunches huge volumes of data and provides other information technology services from massive, warehouse-like structures. Founded 13 years ago, the company says it brings in about $85 million in annual revenue and has been growing by 30 percent a year. In October, it agreed to sell an 80 percent stake to NTT Communications Corp. of Japan for $350 million.

Marrone Bio Innovations – This Davis bio-pesticide company is the second founded by entrepreneur Pam Marrone. In August, she took it public, raising $57 million in an initial public offering. It was the region’s first IPO since 2006, and it drew cheers from those trying to develop a tech industry in the Sacramento region. Marrone’s previous venture was AgraQuest, also in Davis. She had exited the company long before its sale in 2012 to Bayer CropScience for $425 million.

Call The Bee’s Mary Lynne Vellinga at (916) 321-1094.

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