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“The wheels have begun turning—a second book is marinating in my brain and being perfected at local universities through my lecture activities,” CoolSys CEO Adam Coffey wrote on LinkedIn a few weeks ago.

That same post noted that Coffey’s last book, “The Private Equity Handbook,” still holds the No. 1 Amazon Best Seller spot “in multiple business categories.” It was excerpted in the Business Journal last year, a few weeks before Coffey orchestrated a private equity-backed buyout of his firm.

Anyone thinking a stay-at-home edict across the state would give Coffey—whose refrigeration and heating company is aiming for $1 billion in annual sales and is among OC’s fastest-growing private firms the past few years—more time for writing is probably wrong, though.

“We are fortunate that the DHS declared CoolSys an ‘essential business,’ which lets us continue to plow ahead in this strange new world,” he told the Business Journal via email last week.

A lot of businesses—and all readers upping their at-home cooking these days (thank you, Northpark Plaza Albertson’s staff)—are fortunate they’ve been deemed essential.

“We keep grocery stores’ frozen food and fresh food sections cold. We keep blood banks refrigerated, food storage further up the distribution chain (warehouse) refrigeration cold.  We keep pharmaceuticals refrigerated,” he noted. 

“On the HVAC side we keep data centers and cell tower equipment racks cold so servers don’t shut down due to overheating.”

Our front-page story on eVent Medical highlights the challenges of getting more hospital-grade ventilators to those facilities, in the face of supply chain issues hampering manufacturers during the pandemic.

An alarming report from China found that between 2% and 6% of people with COVID-19 needed to be on ventilators; in California there are reportedly 9,500 ventilators ready to use. Officials with eVent told our Peter J. Brennan last week they can boost production to 500 a month or so, with the right assistance.

Saddleback Memorial just got a trio of machines to add to their stockpile, thanks to Orange Coast College’s Respiratory Care program, which had its in-person classes suspended earlier this month.

Is 2020 the year Mike Trout gets the moniker “Mr. December”? Or at least the year Angel Stadium sees some postseason action? Perhaps, if Scott Boras gets his way—and he often does.

The Newport Beach super-agent, whose clients inked contracts topping $800 million around the end of 2019, has been doing some thinking while stuck at home: he’s pitched a way for MLB to still fit in a 162-game season and full postseason, even if things don’t kick off until June or so.

Boras said he has submitted plans to MLB for a 162-game season that would begin June 1, or a 144-game slate beginning July 1 if June isn’t doable. The playoffs would run in December, he told the L.A. Times.

The league’s eight domed stadiums would house the playoff series, as would the home stadiums of the Angels, Dodgers and Padres, per the plans.

“We have it all mapped out,” Boras told the Times, noting the pleasant weather in SoCal that time of year. “It’s workable.”

Mark Mueller
Mark Mueller
Mark is the Editor-in-Chief of the Orange County Business Journal, one of the premier regional business newspapers in the country. He’s the fifth person to hold the editor’s position in the paper’s long history. He oversees a staff of about 15 people. The OCBJ is considered a must-read for area business executives. The print edition of the paper is the primary source of local news for most of the Business Journal’s subscribers, which includes most of OC’s major corporate and community players. Mark’s been with the paper since 2005, and long served as the real estate reporter for the paper, breaking hundreds of commercial and residential real estate stories. He took on the editor’s position in 2018.
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