By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
A San Mateo company has acquired Bakersfield's Healthland Insurance Services Inc.
The buyer, Andreini & Co., is a general insurance brokerage and risk management services firm with nine regional offices in California and Oklahoma.
Healthland was started in 1986 by Don Kuhns. It specializes in group health insurance and workers' compensation.
Andreini & Co. said in a news release that its plan for Healthland is to "aggressively grow" the Bakersfield office and "enhance our footprint and product offerings in Kern County and surrounding areas."
An executive with the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank is scheduled to speak at this year's Cal State Bakersfield Financing Conference.
Reuven Glick, the bank's group vice president of international research, has agreed to deliver the keynote speech at the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court.
Titled "Access to Capital," this year's conference is to feature nine breakout sessions on subjects ranging from crowd funding to micro lending and export assistance loans.
The cost is $49, including lunch. Registration can be completed online at csub.edu/sbdc.
Instrument Valve & Services Co. has leased 15,390 square feet of space in a 3-acre southwest Bakersfield business park.
The valve maintenance and repair company recently signed a lease at 4301 Resnik Court, Building A, owned by Bram Investments LLC. Pacific Commercial Realty Advisors announced the transaction.
Minnesota-based Instrument Valve & Services is part of a business unit owned by Emerson Process Management, a division of Missouri-based Emerson Electric Co.
Havok Airsoft & CQB has purchased a 3,750-square-foot building in southwest Bakersfield.
The airsoft equipment retailer and gaming venue recently moved to the .72-acre space at 4817 District Blvd. from its former home at 4210 Resnik Court.
The property's seller was Eagle Enterprises. Pacific Commercial Realty Advisors announced the sale.
Bakersfield-based Golden Empire Mortgage Inc. has contributed $30,000 toward a program that this week will present 10 loan-free homes across the country to veterans wounded in combat.
The company expects its contribution will go toward a home for a California veteran.
The contribution -- two-thirds of which came from company staff -- went toward the nonprofit Military Warriors Support Foundation's Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program.
Golden Empire Mortgage has more than 60 branches across the Western United States.
Two automated ice and water vending machines recently opened in Bakersfield, and the Jacksonville, Fla. franchise behind them says more are on the way.
Ice House America announced this week that independently owned vending machines opened at 3808 Stockdale Highway and 5500 S. Union Ave. Besides water, the machines sell 20 pounds of bagged or unbagged ice for $2.50.
There are plans to open similar machines at 714 Bernard St., 4198 Union Ave. and 2055 Flower St. Additional locations are expected to open in Lamont, Taft and Wasco.