Cathie Anderson

Cathie Anderson: Sacramento’s Cooper Oates impresses Amazon, CNBC with construction feat

Published: Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sacramento’s Cooper Oates Air Conditioning has landed some coverage in a CNBC documentary after accomplishing a construction feat of Amazon.com-size proportions last year.

The company used a helicopter to lift 214 commercial air-conditioning units to the roof of Amazon’s massive, 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center in Tracy. It was no run-of-the-mill day, said company president Ruzwa Cooper, whose team spent a month considering every possible contingency.

“We’re thinking of how we’re going to stage it and where we’re going stage it,” Cooper said. “How do we do it so that we shorten the distance of travel for the helicopter from the ground to the roof? We have to consider how the sun is going to move over the course of the day because one of the key considerations is fatigue for the pilot.”

The big show was easy, Cooper said, compared with all the planning. Placing the units took two days, a tiny window of time compared to the six or seven months spent installing the air distribution, ventilation, smoke exhaust systems and other equipment.

Yet every team member knew this would be a moment they would talk about for a lifetime. That’s why Cooper Oates marketing director Chris Tejeda had the undertaking captured on video. It was a good thing he did. When documentary producers at CNBC wanted a way of demonstrating the incredibly rapid growth of Amazon.com, the e-tail behemoth pointed them in the direction of 50-employee Cooper Oates.

The firm, founded in 1972 by developer Buzz Oates and HVAC expert Farrokh Cooper, will get a national audience for its feat at 6 p.m. Sunday when CNBC airs its Amazon.com documentary.

Sacramento trio on ABC

Sacramento-area vocalists Cassie Nutter, Lauren Ona and Jessica Teddington hope the power of three will propel their group, Trinitii, to fame on ABC-TV’s next “Rising Star.”

The show premiered Sunday, but Trinitii and a number of other auditioning acts will make their network television debut at 9 p.m. this Sunday. For this TV singing competition, viewers can vote only through an app, and the voting occurs in real-time. That means votes from East Coast viewers are tallied and shown long before West Coast residents can weigh in. The first episode of “Rising Star” produced the strongest summertime debut for an ABC show in two years, but critics lamented that the contestants’ performances were lackluster and judges Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley had little chemistry.

Sacramento’s Teddington expects to make a strong showing with her good friends, Roseville resident Nutter and El Dorado Hills’ Ona.

“Anytime you’re in a competition, the more ammo you have, the more advantage you have over the competition,” Teddington said. “The fact we can do so much is the reason we chose this route vs. auditioning as solo acts.”

Of the three, the 30-year-old Teddington has the most experience. She’s performed in cover bands such as Lovetrain and Radio for several years. Nutter and Ona, both 19 years old, are gaining momentum. Together, they were the opening act for a show by “X Factor” contestant Cher Lloyd. Nutter also opened once for pop singer Jasmine Villegas. When not competing on “Rising Star,” the three singers all teach voice for Roseville-based company SING INC.

“We have the same passion, the same drive, the same love for music and wanting to be really good examples to our students,” Teddington said. “A lot of them have very similar aspirations as far as music and singing goes.”

Growing brands

Want to help shape the Sacramento region’s civic identity? If so, log into www.facebook.com/sacbrandathon by Monday to cast one final vote in the Brandathon contest. For several months now, the Brandathon campaign has been trying to find a slogan and icons that best represent the region. Residents can choose from four concepts: In Season; Sacramento in season; Here. We. Grow. or Here We (fill in the blank). Once there’s a winner, all the visuals and electronic tools will have to be created, said public relations consultant Christi Black-Davis, a co-founder of the effort. “We’re going to get private funding for marketing from some of the companies that helped support the Brandathon effort.” ...

The acquisitive Gallina accountancy in Roseville just announced the purchase of a Southern California firm, and managing partner Larry Taylor said he and his co-owners are not done shopping. Taylor will continue searching for other firms that would be good fits either at national accounting conventions or through consulting firms. It was accounting industry consultant Allan Koltin who alerted Gallina to its latest acquisition, Ontario’s Mellon Johnson Reardon. Gallina wants to expand its footprint across the Western United States, Taylor said, and Southern California was a region where it had wanted an office for a while. Gallina now has 46 partners and nearly 275 staff members. “As you get bigger, you’re able to provide more services and specialize in certain areas,” Taylor said.


Call The Bee’s Cathie Anderson, (916) 321-1193. Follow her on Twitter @CathieA_SacBee.

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