HESPERIA — A representative with Gov. Brown’s office told city, community and company officials the groundbreaking of a cutting edge medical waste treatment facility in the High Desert was an historic event.
Based in Hesperia, the Aemerge RedPak facility will use energy efficient patented technology – the “Carbonizer” — to treat medical waste as it utilizes it as a medium to produce power and recycled treated metals, RedPak President and CEO Adam Seger told the Daily Press.
The new facility, which is located on 4.5 acres off E Avenue, just north of Main Street and across the street from the Victor Valley Transit Authority’s main office, will be the only permitted facility in the state able to treat all types of medical waste as regulated by the California Department of Public Health.
More than 90% 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 California.
“California leads the nation in innovation and entrepreneurship, and San Bernardino County is a valuable leader,” said Diane Banchero, senior business development specialist for the California Business Investment Services agency on Thursday. “It’s no surprise that the city of Hesperia has been chosen for Aemerge’s RedPak first California facility.”
Hesperia Mayor Bill Holland told the Daily Press bringing the 37,700-square-foot facility to the industrially zoned area of the city was a two-year process. He added the facility will employ nearly 20 with “mortgage-paying jobs” once the plant is fully operational.
“Originally, the project set people a little bit back, but they came around once they understood how the process works,” Holland said. “We began to move forward once they understood how outside the box and clean the process was.”
The treatment facility will transport the modularly configured "Carbonizer" by tractor-trailer to Hesperia for final outdoor assembly on the site Seger said.
RedPak’s relocation from Indiana to Hesperia was a team effort led by the company, the Council and City Economic Development Management Analyst Lisa LaMere and her team who were instrumental in moving the project “to the finish line,” Banchero told the crowd.
Banchero said the governor looks forward to the success of Aemerge RedPak and the future growth of California, as well as partnership’s with the medical waste processing sector in which the city of Hesperia can serve as a demonstration of best practices in the alternative treatment industry.
“Hesperia has targeted several industries for our business attraction efforts, including manufacturing. We are pleased to see Aemerge, a green technology manufacturing company, locate in Hesperia,” said City Economic Development Manager Rod Yahnke
Additional information on Aemerge RedPak can be found at www.aemergeredpak.com.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.