New KriStar Plant in CA
Santa Rosa, CA - November 28, 2012 - KriStar Enterprises of Santa Rosa, CA, will open a new production facility - its second in Sonoma County - bringing increased industry to a growing multi-tenant industrial hub in nearby Windsor, it was announced today by KriStar CEO Doug Allard. The new facility will more-than-double KriStar's Production capacity, and create new jobs in the region. It will feature environmentally friendly manufacturing, too, getting its main raw materials locally from the only solar-powered rock quarry in the US. The plant's production standards will be certified by CalTrans, so it will be able to provide California-made materials for California projects.
"We are extremely excited to be bringing more manufacturing into this area," said Allard. "This location once housed a large, thriving business, Standard Industrial, founded in the 1940's. It's a 90-acre site, with 300,000 square feet under roof, and it was empty a long time. We will occupy 25,000 sf and 3 acres outdoors, continuing the revitalization of this site. The state of California is building much-needed road projects, and by supplying materials for those projects, this plant will be another way that those projects translate into California jobs. We'll be hiring new employees, who will be on staff by January."
KriStar makes precast concrete components for storm water control and treatment systems, a vital element in preventing pavement runoff that can cause serious erosion problems.
Green Manufacturing is Smart Business
KriStar's Windsor plant is a textbook example of how green manufacturing can also be economically smart business. The main raw material for making concrete - crushed rock aggregate - will be supplied from a local quarry, BoDean Company's Mark West Quarry, the world's first 100% solar powered quarry. Local sourcing minimizes shipping expense and transportation-related energy consumption and pollution.
KriStar will partner with a concrete producer that is already located on the same site, Northgate Readymix, again minimizing transportation cost and environmental impact, and providing extremely fresh concrete for casting. Northgate is the newest, most technologically advanced concrete facility in the North Bay, including a 'state of the art' reclamation system capable of recycling spent concrete, recovering the sand and rock as well as the water. Northgate will be able to reuse reclaimed aggregate and water in deliveries to KriStar. And by "recycling" an existing manufacturing site, KriStar gains indoor production capacity that will allow more efficient operations year-round without weather-related interruptions.
"There is still more available space at the site," points out Allard, "and we're hoping other businesses will follow this lead and make this a full, bustling business community again soon. The Town of Windsor has been very welcoming. The combination of an ideal location and the town's cooperation have created a terrific opportunity for KriStar, and bringing more industry into this facility means increasing the local tax base and moving the wheels of the economy. It's a win-win."
The plant will produce both KriStar-branded stormwater products, and Caltrans-standard designs. It will be a Section 51 Certified Facility for production of structural precast concrete products made to CalTrans specifications. Components produced here will be used to collect, channel, filter and treat stormwater runoff. Pavements concentrate runoff because rain can't soak into the ground, and this water can erode surrounding soil. The water is also polluted with petrochemical waste that drips off vehicles. Stormwater management is necessary in any large paving project, to prevent erosion damage and remove pollutants before returning the water safely to the environment.
KriStar's Windsor plant is expected to begin production operations in February 2013.
KriStar Enterprises Inc. has been a leader in the stormwater management industry since 1993. Starting with its introduction of the Fossil Filter, the company has continually advanced new and creative solutions for the treatment and management of pollutants from stormwater runoff. KriStar has developed numerous products to deal with the vast array of site conditions and regulations in the country, one of the most comprehensive product lines available to the project designer, including the FloGard family of catch basin inserts, hydrodynamic separators, media filtration devices, the POD Water Management System, and the new Bio-Mod modular bioretention treatment system.