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Epson Move

Epson America announced this month that its corporate headquarters are moving out of Long Beach and into Los Alamitos.

The move will happen in summer 2020, relocating Epson America to offices at 3131 Katella Ave., roughly four miles from its current facilities. Company officials said the move was necessary to accommodate the company’s continued growth and bring the campus from 125,000 square feet to more than 150,000.

A global technology leader, Epson has been based in Long Beach for more than two decades. Company President and CEO Keith Kratzberg said, “This is an exciting time for Epson America, and considerable thought went into making this strategic decision. Ultimately, ensuring that our employees have the world-class facilities necessary to continue to innovate, compete, and build careers was our top priority.”

In addition to open and collaborative state-of-the-art office space, conference and technology lab facilities, the new Los Alamitos campus will house a new Epson Experience Center, providing opportunities for Epson customers and partners to interface with company technology and business solutions.

Ciderworks Brews

Ficklewood Ciderworks, the only cidery in Long Beach, has broken ground in downtown Long Beach, with a planned opening brewing sometime this fall at 720 E. Broadway.

Long Beach locals and entrepreneurs Joe Farrier and Stefan Enjem are transforming an old Department of Motor Vehicles building — dating back to the 1930s — into a cidery that uses fresh ingredients from fruits, hibiscus, charred oak and honey to bring new hard cider flavor to the city.

Once in operation, the owners said customers would find a diverse collection of dry to semi-dry rotating taps, with locally-inspired releases, at Ficklewood. They are dedicated to “helping reshape the cider expectations of Southern California and grow a community of cider lovers with discriminating and sophisticated palates.”

Credit Here

Southland Credit Union is celebrating the opening of a Long Beach branch this Saturday at 2250 N. Bellflower Blvd.

Southland Credit Union already is the official credit union of Long Beach State Athletics, and the opening day festivities will include special guest appearances by representatives from Cal State Long Beach’s sports world.

Tax Help

Long Beach City College and the Small Business Development Center are offering a free tax seminar for small businesses.

Register online for the free workshop taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus, Building T, 4901 E. Carson St. Go to www.cdtfa.ca.gov/seminar/.

Port Pulse

“A slowing domestic economy will likely lead to a moderate uptick in container imports through 2019,” experts said last week at the Port of Long Beach’s 15th annual Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast.

North American imports are projected to grow a modest 1.8% in 2019, demonstrating a significant slowdown from the 6.1% increase reported for U.S. imports last year, said Melissa Peralta, senior economist and forecaster for TTX, a railcar pooling company based in Chicago.

A full webcast of Pulse of the Ports is available at www.polb.com/pulseports.

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