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June 18, 2013 > Small Business of the Year

Small Business of the Year

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) has named PTR Manufacturing, Inc. as the 2013 10th Senate District "Small Business of the Year." Corbett recognized PTR Manufacturing at a California Small Business Day luncheon in Sacramento on June 10, 2013.

Founded in 1994, locally-based PTR Manufacturing Inc. is a leader in the precision machining industry. With its manufacturing facility in Union City, the company serves the high tech community in the Silicon Valley and ships products manufactured in California to customers abroad. PTR Manufacturing provides customers with total solutions for machining, sheet metal, welding and assemblies in industries such as Flat Panel Display, Semiconductor, Solar, Automotive and Medical.

PTR Manufacturing was founded by Sai La, an immigrant from Vietnam. Mr. La spent the first part of his life as a fisherman in Vietnam and then immigrated with his family to the United States. After working in the agricultural fields around Union City for some time, Mr. La entered Chabot Community College to study machining at night while working in the fields during the day. After earning an AA degree in machining, Mr. La worked for many years as a machinist before opening his own business.

Family-run PTR Manufacturing is now under a second generation of leadership. Phong La, a two-year old child at the time that the La family fled Vietnam, currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel.

"PTR Manufacturing has distinguished itself as a small family-run business that excels in its industry and serves as a great community resource in the East Bay and throughout California," Corbett said. "The ongoing success of PTR Manufacturing is a testament to the diligent hard work by members of the La family and its employees. It is my honor to name PTR Manufacturing as the 10th State Senate District 'Small Business of the Year.'"

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