Business Beat: Noah’s Hof Brau set to reopen this week in Modesto

03/22/2014 7:07 PM

03/22/2014 10:51 PM

I have good news to share, though I suspect many people who are interested in this particular topic already have heard it:

Noah’s Hof Brau is set to reopen this week. The venerable Hof Brau, known for both its German and Chinese dishes, has been closed for three months after a fire at the shop next door caused smoke and other damage.

Originally, the owner said she hoped Noah’s would be down for only a couple weeks, but the necessary repairs stretched that out until now.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, fans of everything from the barbecued pork with fried rice and chow mein to the turkey sandwich with gravy will be able to get their fix. If you haven’t been to Noah’s, I recommend the lemon chicken – and a lengthy nap afterward.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat

There’s more good news at 5.11 Tactical, which is expanding its Lathrop location but also standing firm in Modesto.

I was invited to a company meeting last week at the Spyres Way operations center of the gear and clothing manufacturer. There, officials told staff that business is good, with the first quarter showing a double-digit increase over the first quarter of last year, which already was strong.

They said that 5.11 Tactical is expanding its warehouse space in Lathrop, where it occupies a 100,000-square-foot space. Taking over the adjacent space will provide 120,000 more square feet of space to house goods that come in constantly from the Port of Oakland – a record-setting 79 of the 40-foot containers in January, officials said.

And they said they are staying in Modesto, at least through 2017 or early 2018, possibly addressing concerns that the business, started by Dan Costa as an offshoot of Royal Robbins in 2003, would fully relocate after it shifted 40 employees to a development center in Irvine two years ago. Costa sold the company for $300 million in 2007.

And finally, the Boyd Corp., a longtime business in Modesto’s Beard Industrial Park, recently announced that it is expanding into China.

Boyd, which makes precision engineered components, entered an agreement with the Milwaukee-based Brady Corp. to purchase its Asian and European die-cut businesses.

“This transaction is a great opportunity to join together two businesses with complementary strengths that, combined, will build a level of integrated global capabilities that will benefit our customers, suppliers and employees,” Mitch Aiello, Boyd Corp. president and CEO, said in a news release. “We pursued this business with purpose and with our customers in mind. It is core to Boyd’s strategy, further entrenches us in high-growth markets and expands our global footprint in critical locations around the world. We are thrilled to have this business and its talented people as part of the Boyd team.”

The deal is set to close in May.

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