By Staff Reports
(Hesperia) – To mark the occasion of the official opening of RedPak, the first medical waste treatment facility permitted in California, the City of Hesperia is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
RedPak, a cutting edge technology company that manufactures energy and beneficial carbon co-products from medical waste, safely treats medical waste in a manner that utilizes the waste as a medium to generate power and produces carbon black and recycled treated metals. RedPak, an Aemerge company, is the only facility in California permitted to treat all types of medical waste as regulated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
More than 95% of the waste processed through the facility will be landfill diverted and, as a result, significant greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste hauling are eliminated. This is accomplished using an energy efficient patented technology – the “Carbonizer” – for the treatment and elimination of medical waste for which a significant portion cannot, by law, be treated in the State of California.
In this 37,700 square foot facility, Aemerge RedPak will operate two shifts and at full ramp-up will have created 25 new jobs within the community. More than 75% of the positions already have been filled.
“The City is committed to bringing more employment options to the High Desert,” said Hesperia Mayor Paul Russ, “so Aemerge RedPak is to be commended for offering these new mortgage-paying jobs to our residents.”
The City’s newest manufacturer is located on the west side of E Avenue, north of Main Street. This location was proposed by Hesperia’s Economic Development Division during a site search for Aemerge. Initially the focus was on the existing industrial buildings, but expansion plans were implemented to encompass the adjacent property, doubling the scope of the project to 4.75 acres in the industrially-zoned area of the City.
City of Hesperia has remained a strategic partner with RedPak throughout the process from site selection to pre-development meetings and beyond, oftentimes working with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. However, during the project’s planning and construction stages, the City also championed the development of RedPak’s project with letters of support to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority so that approval for the issuance of tax exempt bonds would be granted to RedPak.
“Although Hesperia has been particularly successful targeting retail in our economic development attraction efforts, manufacturing remains a top priority for us. We are very pleased to see Aemerge RedPak, a green technology manufacturing company, locate in Hesperia,” said Rod Yahnke, Economic Development Manager.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house will feature remarks by State and local leaders during the event, with Deputy State Treasurer Steve Juarez, chairman of the CA Pollution Control Financing Authority and Diane Banchero, senior business development specialist for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, scheduled to speak. Representatives of the 1st District Supervisor, Congressman Cook, Senator Wilk, and Assemblyman Obernolte will also be on hand.
Following the formal program, which concludes with a demonstration of a sample box going up the lift, and the ceremonial red ribbon being cut, brunch will be served and tours of the facility’s control room will be conducted.