Baker held its first Women’s Conference July 21-22 at the Huntington Beach Hilton in California. Women from all the Baker offices attended these informative meetings. With a beautiful beachfront setting, meetings were presented by Mrs. Terry Wigglesworth of The Wigglesworth Company. Terry also serves Baker as a lobbyist to Washington D.C. for the rendering industry. She did a great job, and the attendees all found the conference meaningful.
Three participants were selected as most valuable players and received lovely crystal trophies. Most valuable players were Kathy Leong of Billerica, Tammy Reeves of Kerman, and Gaby Vides of Los Angeles. Congratulations to the winners.
Sunday, July 25th, was the Baker Los Angeles company picnic held at Legg Lake. Over 650 people attended this family-friendly function. The games, lunch, bingo, and door prizes were enjoyed by everyone. The grand prize was won by William Cruz, the night foreman in the plant.
Do it Right Conference
This conference was held July 27/28 at the Huntington Beach Hilton in California. A selected group of solicitors and managers attended these meetings to gain several helpful tools in customer relations. Mrs. Terry Wigglesworth conducted the meetings which were received well by the participants. The most valuable player of this conference was Dave Olson of Phoenix. Thank you to all attendees for your active participation in the program.
40 years – Nancy Nagel, June 2010
35 years – Mitch Ebright, July 2010
30 years – Carl Baclit, June 2010
Baker Commodities Inc. Corporate office recently established a Green Team whose mission is to “identify and reduce waste, conserve resources, educate ourselves and our community, monitor and provide measurable results to our company and our customers for the purpose of providing a better world for ourselves and future generations.” The Team will develop and implement a number of new initiatives designed to meet these goals.
Baker Commodities is holding its inaugural Open House on Thursday, April 8, 2010 from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Guests will be treated to a delicious buffet lunch at the Sierra Pine facility. Before lunch, they can view exhibits explaining the rendering process and used cooking oil removal services and take photos with the Andreoli family collection of antique cars. Following the lunch, Baker will present Baker Commodities’ Excellence in Government Award to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. Visitors can then hop on on a bus and take tour of the rendering plant with a stop at the lab. Guests will include customers, local dignitaries, and representatives from neighboring Vernon businesses.
Baker Commodities, Inc. remembers the tragic events that occured ten years ago. We remember the lives lost during the attacks on America. You will never be forgotten! We also honor those rescuers who rushed head-first into the buildings, the rubble, and the city of New York. Those who lost their lives and those who are still experiencing the effects of this tragedy, we stand by you. And we honor those military personnel from the past and currently fighting the battles to protect America.
September 11, 2001 - September 11, 2011 : A day gone, but not forgotten; lives lost, may they Rest in Peace!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4th U.S. CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE DETECTED AND CONTAINED AT BAKER COMMODITIES' HANFORD, CA DEAD STOCK FACILITY
No Threat Posed to Public Safety. Baker Commodities Works in Conjunction with USDA to Safely Dispose of Animal
VERNON, CA, April 24, 2012 – Baker Commodities confirms that the first new case in six years of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease, in the United States has been detected in a deceased dairy cow at its dead stock facility in Hanford, CA. The cow was being tested at the time of the discovery and did not enter the food chain. It is currently under quarantine, awaiting disposal directions from the USDA.
“The USDA has a stringent testing protocol on dairy cattle that we implement in our Hanford, CA facility,” said Dennis Luckey, Executive Vice President, Baker Commodities. “This case was detected last Wednesday when the dead cow in question was undergoing random USDA BSE surveillance testing. The samples were originally sent to UC Davis for testing and came back Thursday as inconclusive. At that point they were sent for further evaluation to the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. We found out today that the tests came back positive when the USDA made the announcement.”
The cow poses no threat to the food chain as it has been in quarantine awaiting testing results since arriving at the rendering plant. It is being held pending directive on disposal from the USDA.
“We are confidant that this cow poses no threat to humans, as it never entered the human food chain and has been meticulously and vigilantly isolated,” continued Luckey. “The USDA has been to our facility and has collected information on the animal from which they can determine the dairy of origin. We will continue to work in full compliance with the USDA to ensure that public safety is maintained.”
Since 1937, Baker Commodities has been one of the nation’s leading providers of rendering and grease removal services. Baker Commodities is a completely sustainable company, recycling animal by-products and kitchen waste into valuable products that can be used as a base for everyday items. It services the dairy industry by collecting and safely disposing of animal mortalities.
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Baker Commodities' Kerman divison is pleased to announce that Steve Dessauer has been appointed to Assistant Division General Manager. Steve has been employed by Baker since 2007 and has an extensive background in the rendering industry. Please join us in congratulating him on his new position.
From left to right: Ann Roberts, Tammie Reeves, Tricia Conroy, Sandra Green, Richard Johnson.
Here at the Baker Commodities Inc. Kerman Division we are very proud of our new company sign that has just been completed, replacing an old faded sign that was small and hard to see. The sign is almost six feet high and twelve feet long. At night it lights up to show Baker pride to all that pass by. We are pleased with the added brick design that also matches our office siding.
~ by Steve Dessauer, Kerman Division
Ed Candioty was recently chosen to represent the RFMA (Restaurant Facility Management Association) Editorial Board, responsible for reviewing and editing content materials for the Official Magazine of the RFMA, Facilitator.
Additionally, Ed was appointed by the City Council in Torrance, California to a second four-year term as Commissioner. As Cultural Arts Commissioner, he, and the board, are responsible for all policies affecting museums, art galleries and exhibits, outdoor cultural and park events throughout the city limits. Ed has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the yearly Excellence in Arts event, honoring the local and national talents and accomplishments of its citizens for the last three years.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Boston affected by today's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Like everyone across the U.S., our deepest sympathies are with those injured today in this senseless act of terror. ~ Baker Commodities
Friday, May 10, 2013. It’s game 6 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals for the Stanley Cup. The defending champion Los Angeles Kings take to the ice for their warm-up drills. Jim Andreoli, Jr. is sitting in the President’s Box intently watching his favorite player, Dustin Brown. Dustin takes a shot at the goal but instead of hitting the net it goes up and over the glass, hitting Jim in the mouth. Jim is beside himself with excitement as he stands up, blood pouring from his mouth, puck in hand, and yells to the crowd, “Yeah, Dustin!!!” Luckily Jim is ok…and he’s a very happy fan! (You can't see in the tiny photo, but Jim's got quite the bloody lip!)
~ by Elaine Granado, Baker Corporate
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 forty women from throughout Baker Commodities arrived at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, CA for the 4th Annual Women’s Conference and Retreat. The Conference, whose theme was "Living a Healthy Lifestyle," kicked off with dinner in the West Coast Club. There were lots of hugs, laughs and catching up which added to the ambiance of the room. Wednesday was down to business with a full day of Franklin Covey's "The 5 Choices." Thursday brought Janice Dada, Registered Dietitian from So. Cal Nutrition & Wellness, who educated the group on nutrition tips for healthy living and exercise at the workplace. She finished off with a demonstration of healthy cooking and everyone had the opportunity to taste what she had created. That afternoon participants took to the streets for a 2.5 mile Photographic Scavenger Hunt. By the end of the day the women were exhausted both mentally and physically but had the biggest smiles. The camaraderie developed during this conference, and over the last four years, has helped to build a strong, connected support team for Baker Commodities.
~by Elaine Granado, Baker Corporate
We are very proud to congratulate Jim Andreoli II on being named Professional of the Year in Environmental Remediation in 2013 by the prestigious Who’s Who in Worldwide Branding. A press release was posted by the organization on March 18, recognizing Jimmy for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in environmental remediation. The full transcript of the release can be found at:
James M. Andreoli II Recognized by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Environmental Remediation
Baker Cold Storage (a wholly owned subsidiary of Baker Commodities, Inc.) and Colton, CA based Lineage Logistics (facility operator) announced last week that they are teaming up to build a brand new 250,000 square foot cold storage facility on private property within the Port District in Long Beach. This state-of-the-art facility (located in the “Over Weight Corridors” in both the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles) will feature a freezer, cooler and refrigerated cross dock for truck, container and rail service. The environmentally-friendly building broke ground in a special onsite ceremony on Wednesday, March 19. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
The event garnered widespread press coverage. Articles included:
Long Beach Press-Telegram: