Shasta legend makes New California 100 Hall of Fame

Sierra Pacific Industries founder Red Emmerson of Redding, Calif., will be among eight honorees inducted Tuesday into the first New California 100 Hall of Fame for his contribution as a captain of industry in the Great Central Valley.

SPI is a third-generation, family-owned and -operated forest products company that employs more than 4,400 people in several Western states. Emmerson, 78, is considered the third-largest private landowner in the United States, with almost 2 million acres of timber land. Forbes magazine recently named him #573 on its list of world billionaires.

The New California 100 celebrates business, civic and philanthropic titans who founded and grew successful companies in the 19-country region stretching from Shasta to Kern County. In all, they generate more than $50 billion in revenue and employ more than 250,000 people.

A daylong conference and gala dinner event Tuesday at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis will showcase business leaders, companies and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Also to be honored are developers Fritz Grupe and Alex Spanos, Stockton; Newton T. Enloe, founder of the Enloe Medical Center, Chico; Ernest and Julio Gallo, co-founders of E&J Gallo, Modesto; Tom Raley, founder of Raley's Stores, West Sacramento; and Fred Ruiz, co-founder of Ruiz Foods, Dinuba.

Click to see what other Redding-area businesses are on the list of Top 100 Companies.

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