LOG PRODUCTION IN GRIDLEY - Clean Flame Firelogs has moved their operations to the Cannery in Gridley and employs 60 people. (Photo by Lisa Van De Hey)
Gridley's cannery used to be the home of Libby, McNeil & Libby, Tri Valley Growers and Signature Fruit before new companies such as Mary's Gone Crackers and Sutherland Glass Art located there.
With the help of the City of Gridley, Clean Flame Fire Logs has relocated from Oroville to two large warehouses, adding up to about 50,000 square feet in the cannery. Clean Flame has been in business for years and in that time has produced millions of logs for companies such as Winco, Safeway, Raleys, Bel Air, Walgreens, Save-Mart, Sav Mor, Food Maxx and they are also available in Gridley's Ace Hardware. The most recent large contract acquisition for the company is Costco.
The five pound logs burn up to three hours and generate 86 percent less creosote, 80 percent less carbon monoxide and 30 percent less particulate matter than natural wood.
On a normal day, Clean Flame produces thousands of logs to be shipped all throughout the country. Starting out as used or discarded waxed vegetable boxes , they are chopped up into chips with the plastic streamed to an outside area. The cutting blades systematically move at the same rate of the logs traveling through the belt as the colorful Clean Flame wrappers automatically wrap themselves around each log while employees check for quality control.
Clean Flame shareholders, Howard, Kory and Brian Hamman have taken additional steps to redesign their green nine-pack boxes for further reduced savings that can be passed along to the consumer. Since moving to Gridley, the company can unload the big trucks carrying the wax products in roughly half the time because of the cannery's existing ramps for delivery and off loading capabilities for forklifts.
"We are much more efficient here," Kory Hamman stated.
The beauty of these logs is the fact that they are made from 100 percent recycled materials which means trees are saved and landfill waste is greatly reduced. For the rest of this story, please pick up a 9/12/12 edition of The Gridley Herald.