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Biz bits

Ensemble Designs, an 18-year-old Nevada City company that specializes in high-end broadcast video and audio signal processing equipment, has recently brought on a few new employees.

Grass Valley resident Frances Rau was hired to be the company’s operations manager. Rau formerly worked at Grass Valley Group and Nevada County’s public access station, NCTV.

Ensemble Designs has also hired Brad Luther, who now works in the sales department. Luther recently relocated to Nevada City for the job. To learn more about the company or to contact either Rau or Luther, visit online.


John Willis, a licensed auctioneer, has launched a new, locally based online auction Web site. The site,, is a a subsidiary of Willis’ business, At The Y Auctions, which hosts auctions and estates sales for people in Nevada County. Now residents can buy, sell, or post classifieds along with photos.

For more information, call Willis at 477-7881.


Grass Valley residents Brad Weston and Merrill Kagan-Weston will celebrate this year both the 60th anniversary of their business, Auburn Printer, as well as being honored with 11 awards for excellence in printing craftsmanship.

The company was recently awarded one Gold Award, seven Silver Awards and two Bronze Awards from the Gallery of Superb Printing. It was also awarded one Bronze Award from the International Gallery of Superb Printing. The 31st annual international competition, was produced by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, Inc., and received more than 2,500 entries from around the world.

Auburn Printers is located at 13020 Earhart Ave. For more information call 885-9674 or visit online.


J.D. Miller has become the new owner and broker of Century 21 Gold Dust Realty, located in the Brunswick Basin at 133 Brunswick Road.

“I feel fortunate to be the broker for some of the most experienced and professional realtors in the county. We are excited to be part of Century 21, the most recognized name in real estate in the world, which is a huge benefit to all of our agents and our clients as well,” Miller stated in a media release.

In conjunction with Erin Miller Designs, Century 21 has plans for extensive renovations of the building itself.


Got local business news? Contact City Editor Brian Hamilton at brianh@theunion. com or 477-4230. Be sure to include digital photographs with submissions whenever possible.

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