Baker Commodities Inc.
16801 Jensen Avenue
Kerman, California - 93630
Toll Free: 800.852.9223
Services: Animal By-Product Recycling, Animal Mortalities, Drain Cleaning and Plumbing, Grease Collection, Grease Trap & Interceptor Pumping, High Pressure Power Washing w/Water Recovery
The Baker Commodities Kerman division was recently recertified as an APPI (Animal Protein Producers Industry) plant. The certification means that the plant meets all HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) specifications. Kerman is also proud to announce that its manager, Manuel Ponte, recently celebrated his 42th anniversary with Baker Commodities.
Last month, Baker Commodities’ Kerman division celebrated the recently completed renovation of its office building with a barbecue and ribbon-cutting. Attending the ribbon-cutting were out-of-town guests, Dennis Luckey, Baker Commodities Vice President and Mitch Ebright, Baker’s in-house attorney; Manuel Ponte, Kerman General Manager; Baker’s Kerman employees: and Kerman Chamber Board Members.
Kerman Plant APPI Certified
The Baker Commodities Kerman division was recently designated an APPI (Animal Protein Producers Industry) certified plant. The certification means that the plant meets all HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) specifications. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. Kerman’s certification is an achievement the entire company is very proud of, as it represents the next level in Baker Commodities ongoing commitment to feed and public safety.
Kerman is also excited to announce that its manager, Manuel Ponte, recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Baker Commodities. And earlier this year plant manager, Steve Dessauer, was awarded the very exclusive and coveted Special Service Award. Only awarded to one other manager, Jack Bradford, the Special Service Award celebrates employee performance that goes above and beyond the normal scope of work.
Kerman has also completed a significant renovation of its office building after five months of work. The existing office has been expanded about 25 feet. This expansion allowed for the complete renovation of the interior, which provided space for three additional offices, a larger general work area, an elegant welcome/lobby area, and a spacious conference/lunch room/training room with digital audio/visual equipment. The garden areas around the office were also completely re-landscaped. A new logo will soon be installed on the peak of the office gable, completing the new look.
Baker Commodities' Hanford Division congratulates Tammie Hook for completing her 30th year with Baker. She has been an outstanding employee, supporting the team and making the office a brighter place to work!
And Kerman Division would like to introduce a new employee, Sandra Green. Sandra is the new controller for the Kerman/Hanford Division. We are proud to welcome her to the Baker family.
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, Corporate Communications
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
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