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Crothall Laundry celebrates Manteca Grand Opening

Crothall Laundry celebrates Manteca Grand Opening

State's first Leed-certified laundry service opens less than a year after groundbreaking "We put out linens second to none!" proclaimed Morris Lacey, Crothall Healthcare Manteca operations General Manager during Grand Opening ceremonies October 23rd. He is happy and proud of this facility, and his sentiments were echoed by Senior Vice President Mike Barner, who said there is nothing like it in the world and the laundry is "energized by a diverse workforce." Crothall is the first major project in Manteca's CenterPoint Intermodal Center. The 60,150 square foot facility is an industrial laundry that employs 115 people and provides centralized laundry services for area healthcare facilities. The company broke ground on November 14, 2013 and initiated operations this past June. They are now capable of processing 21 million pounds of laundry annually with the capacity for 55 million pounds. They currently service 22 hospital accounts.

Lodi Chamber unveils Economic Vision for 2020

Lodi Chamber unveils Economic Vision for 2020

What are the "must haves" for Lodi's future? How attractive is it today? and what needs to be done to attract future employers? Those are just a few of the challenges the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce tackled in its recently released report, Vision 2020, a combined volunteer vision of what they would like to see the City of Lodi "Be like, look like and work like" in the year 2020.

Chamber President & CEO Pat Patrick presented the report to the San Joaquin Partnership Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting on October 23rd. Patrick said their research unveiled that economic development in neighboring cities such as Elk Grove, Tracy and Manteca was far ahead of Lodi's, which only has 12 vacant industrial parcels east of Highway 99. He said according to a recent HUD report Lodi is the slowest growing city in the Valley and that equals less tax dollars.

Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

The reconstruction of one of San Joaquin USA's major traffic impediments is over and was celebrated this afternoon as completion of a key component in improving the south Stockton circulation network. Groundwork for the I-5/French Camp interchange began in the early 1990's but after much habitat mitigation, the groundbreaking took place only two years ago. The project widened French Camp road to six lanes, and constructed new loop on-ramps and auxiliary lanes on I-5 between French Camp and Downing Avenue. It also included extending Sperry Road to Arch-Airport road and realigning Manthey Road. Today is the completion of the I-5/ State Route 99 connection. City of Stockton Public Works Director Gordon MacKay said this project is expected to reduce existing traffic congestion, improve traffic operations in South Stockton and facilitate the movement of goods and services.

Stockton Chamber takes "FRESH" look at wellness in the workplace

Stockton Chamber takes "FRESH" look at wellness in the workplace

The Stockton Chamber of Commerce's conference room was full for the launch of its "FRESH" (Fitness Rejuvenates Employee Sustainability & Heath) program yesterday morning. FRESH is designed to promote the establishment of wellness programs and developing a culture of health at job sites. Guest speaker Joseph Neff of Delta Health Systems, explained that when employers take a forward thinking attitude focused on employee's health, results can be lower costs as well as increased employee attendance and productivity. Neff cited one California grocery chain that introduced a health contingent incentive program to its employees and saved $6.6 million from 2009-2013 in medical claims and saw the "heart attack rate drop dramatically." Many of yesterday's attendees already had wellness programs established in their workplaces and gave testimonials to the effectiveness of these programs in terms of reducing overall costs and employee absenteeism.

Community Fuels Awarded $4.1 Million Grant to Expand Capabilities and Increase Efficiencies

Community Fuels Awarded $4.1 Million Grant to Expand Capabilities and Increase Efficiencies

The California Energy Commission approved a grant award of $4,183,421 to Community Fuels to support the installation of new equipment which will increase efficiencies and expand the range of low carbon feedstocks that can be processed at its existing Port of Stockton advanced biorefinery. Completion of the project will contribute directly towards achieving key policy objectives set forth by the CEC including reducing emissions, and increasing production and use of renewable fuels within California.

Agro-Culture LIQUID Fertilizers expands San Joaquin USA operations

Agro-Culture LIQUID Fertilizers expands San Joaquin USA operations

Agro-Culture LIQUID Fertilizers built a 14,400 foot warehouse and distribution operation in East San Joaquin County's Fairchild Industrial Park in 2013. This year it added a 22,000 square feet allowing them to add manufacturing as well as large tanks for overseas shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and South America. Agro-Culture LIQUID Fertilizers, a Michigan-based agricultural company, manufactures and markets in-house formulated and branded liquid fertilizer products that are marketed to cropping operations, both large and small, in over forty states, Canada as well as Mexico and Belize. Its entire line of high performance fertilizers and supplements are formulated to help growers achieve the best possible yields while employing sustainable agricultural practices. San Joaquin County is a hub of agricultural activity so was natural that Agro-Culture would choose to locate here.