By Pat Sunderland
Managing Editor/Delta County Independent
Delta County Economic Development has announced that a new business is moving to Delta County.
Waste Farmers, a sustainable agricultural company that manufactures bagged soil products, recently closed on the Hi Quality food processing building at 215 Silver Street in Delta. They will be moving their manufacturing operations to Delta from the Front Range.
According to a press release from Delta County Economic Development, five to seven current employees will be moving to Delta County.
John Paul Maxfield, Waste Farmer CEO, said, “We will be looking to hire an additional three or four employees as we get up and running in late July.”
In addition to operations, Waste Farmers plans to keep the produce market open (currently the Laughing Goat Farmers Market).
Waste Farmer’s mission is to empower the farmers of the twenty-first century with sustainable solutions to grow consciously.
“Waste Farmers is an ideal company to attract to Delta County with their focus on sustainable agriculture,” said Trisha Thibido, Executive Director of Delta County Economic Development. “This continues to strengthen our agriculture sector. It is wonderful to attract a young and vibrant company to Delta County, a company which has grown 100 percent every year for the past two years.”
In moving his company, John Paul Maxfield cited Delta’s rich history in agriculture and its location. “It just felt right and felt like home.”
Waste Farmers plans to continue to diversify operations and become a vertically integrated food and agriculture company that cultivates solutions empowering the world to eat and grow sustainably. Waste Farmers employees and families are looking forward to engaging and working with the local community, particularly related to agriculture. John Paul Maxfield credits the Delta County Economic Development, City of Delta, Renfrow Realty and Cushman & Wakefield for helping with the transition to Delta.
Delta County Economic Development reports that the 63,681 square-foot facility sold for $1,075,00 on June 10.
Former owner, Joe Davis, retained the coolers, according to John Renfrow of Renfrow Commercial Realty.
Waste Farmers worked with the city to subdivide the property. “Glen Black and the City of Delta did an awesome job of helping split those properties so Waste Farmers could buy the remaining Hi-Quality office and warehouse,” said John Renfrow.
A 90-day transition period will allow Joe Davis to consolidate his operation with the coolers.
John Renfrow said commercial property in the Delta area has been moving – the Hirschberger facility on F Road, Skyland and other smaller warehouse facilities have been leased out recently.
“The plus side is that some of the space is getting eaten up. The downside is that I see another wave of vacancies coming.”
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