News Albany, New York


April 24th 2012




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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Dennis Luckey

Baker Commodities, Corporate Communications


Rochester Gives Back

March 16th 2012

Baker Commodities Inc. Rochester Division, located in Penfield, NY, showed their continued support of the community Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Penfield Rotarians Spring Euchre Tournament. 104 players signed up to play euchre and vie for $1000+ in prizes. First place overall winner took home a 32” flat screen television, compliments of Baker Commodities. The proceeds from the tournament help Penfield Rotarians to fund local and international service projects.

Rochester Division Finalist for Penfield Award

November 3rd 2011

Rochester Division Finalist for Penfield Award

Baker Commodities, Inc Rochester Division was selected as a finalist for the Penfield Business Association of the Year Award. Baker was one of six businesses selected for this prestigious award. The finalists were honored at the Penfield Business Association Annual Awards Dinner at the Penfield Country Club on October 27, 2011. Pictured, from Baker Rochester, are Lyle Foltz, Neil Osterhout, Bill Schmieder and Todd Amato.

Rochester Company Picnic

November 3rd 2011

Rochester Company Picnic

Baker Commodities' Rochester Division gathered for their annual company picnic on Sunday, September 18, 2011. It was a beautiful fall day and the families and children enjoyed the food, games, bouncy house and fresh ice cream from the ice cream truck.

Baker Commodities Remembers 9/11/01

September 11th 2011

Baker Commodities Remembers 9/11/01

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.

Never forget!

September 11, 2001 - September 11, 2011 : A day gone, but not forgotten; lives lost, may they Rest in Peace!

Employee News from Billerica Division

July 25th 2011

Baker Commodities would like to congratulate Joe Huelsman on his promotion from General Manager to Vice President of Baker Commodities. Joe has been with Baker almost 25 years, and has many years of industry experience prior to joining the company.

Joe's previous role as General Manager will now be taken on by Walter Gurschick Jr. who served as Plant Manager for 20 years. With a lifetime of experience and knowledge in the rendering industry, Walter is a natural for the new position.

Craig Williams will assume the role as new Plant Manager after spending 9 years as Chief Engineer. He will follow in Walter’s footsteps by ensuring the plant will operate safely and efficiently.

John Charest will be promoted after 37 years with Baker, from Procurement Manager to Assistant General Manager.

Congratulations to these gentlemen, and we wish them all the best in their new roles.

Billerica Summer Outing

July 25th 2011

The annual summer outing at Canobie Lake Park was held on June 12th. Many showed up despite poor weather, and enjoyed the rides, food and company. This outing is held each year to thank all Baker employees throughout New England for their safe and hard work. We credit our Safety Director Ray Bessette for brilliantly organizing this event, as well as all others who lent a helping hand. Also big thanks to Vice President Joe Huelsman and General Manager Walter Gurschick. Their generosity is very much appreciated by all employees.

Rochester Division Awarded Great West Safety Award

April 15th 2011

Baker Commodities Rochester Division was once again awarded the annual Great West Safety Award. This award is given in cooperation with the American Trucking Association. The Rochester Division completed 2010 without any recordable motor vehicle accidents, qualifying them for this award in the small business class.

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