September 10, 2018:  Colavita to open Dixon bottling and distribution facility

One of the nation's leading producers of olive oil is about to begin business in Dixon.  See the link to 9/5/18 Markets Insider article below.

August 13, 2018  Gymboree to Conduct Hiring Fair

Dixon employer Gymboree will hold a hiring fair from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, August 25.  Open positions include Equipment Operator, Material Handler, Supervisor Roles, Maintenance and Administration.  The company offers 401k with match, tuition assistance, merchandise discounts at Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack, onsite employee store, medical, dental and vision and more.  The event will be held at Gymboree's Dixon facility, located at 2299 Kids Way.  Learn more at

August 8, 2018:  Solano SBDC Announces Upcoming Workshops

The Solano SBDC will conduct two free business workshops for local businesses.  Both will be conducted at the office of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, located at 1111 Webster St., Fairfield.

Successful Startups in Solano:  Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn the pros and cons of starting your own business and how to position yourself as a successful entrepreneur.  The session will also provide an overview of the business planning process, and share a multitude of key information sources for developing your business plan

Getting Customers Online with Google My Business, Bing and Yelp:  Wednesday, August 29, 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Learn how to use Local Search optimization with Google My Business, Bing Places and Yelp to increase your digital presence and bottom line.  Bring your laptop and be prepared to optimize your business during the workshop.

More information and registration are available on the SBDC website at

July 20, 2018:  Dixon Entrepreneur Featured in Regional Business Publication

Axenia BioLogix founder, Stephen Judd was featured as one of the Capital Region's Top Entrepreneurs in the July issue of Comstock's Magazine.   The cover article showcased 16 regional business founders selected from almost 100 nominations.  

Judd is the founder of Dixon-based Axenia Biologix, which manufactures cell culture sera and reagents for global biomedical, pharmaceutical and veterinary research.  The company employs 12, and has been in business for nine years.

Axenia BioLogix differentiates itself from its competition by utilizing a single-use disposable manufacturing process to produce a closed-loop sterile system, in contrast to manufacturers using stainless steel equipment.

After working several years in the industry, Judd made the decision to found the company, using a line of credit against his home, personal savings, family contributions and a business loan from the City of Dixon.  In the article, Judd is quoted as stating:  "Entrepreneurialism, in my view, is a series of failures that have to be outshined by your successes."

Axenia BioLogix and other companies like it, are critical to the local economy.  It is considered a "primary employer," defined as one that imports new dollars into the economy by deriving the majority of its revenue from the sale of products or services outside the region.  Primary employers provide essential support to the local retail, service and professional sectors of the economy.  

The City of Dixon congratulates Stephen Judd on his recognition as a Top Entrepreneur, and looks forward to the company's continued success in Dixon.

July 2, 2018:  Cummins Announces Acquisition of Electric and Hybrid Powertrain Provider

Cummins, Inc. announced that it is acquiring Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets.  Based in Silicon Valley, Efficient Drivetrains operates its Research and Design Center in Dixon.  

“As the industry continues to evolve and OEMs move to include hybrid and electric technologies in their vehicle offerings, the combination of Cummins and EDI represents a tremendous opportunity for growth and category leadership,” said Joerg Ferchau, EDI’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “EDI’s advanced portfolio of plug-in-hybrid and full electric technologies paired with Cummins’ industry leadership and focus on innovation will allow us to deliver best-in-class products, service and support worldwide. Vehicle OEMs and fleets evaluating new electric and hybrid technologies prefer to work with well-established companies that have the depth and resources to provide the support that’s needed to scale into high volume mass production. Together, we can lead the electrification category, and provide exciting new options that the market will embrace.”

A company representative has indicated that Efficient Drivetrains will maintain its current operations in Dixon.