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Central Valley Firms Plan To Add More Than 450 Employees

State Agency Offers Millions In Tax Credits

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A number of Central Valley firms including a half dozen from the Fresno/Clovis area have applied and received awards from the state California Competes Tax Credit Program with final action set for June 15.

Locally, the largest award is for Green Chef Corporation of Aurora Colorado, slated to receive a $2.5 million tax credit for adding 337 jobs in Fresno according to their application.

Green Chef is a organic food, meal-kit prep and delivery company. The firm was founded in 2014.  As of January of last year, the company said they were launching delivery service nationwide. The company has yet to respond to requests for more information.

But their application indicates they may be add a distribution center in Fresno beginning in 2019-2021 when the 337 jobs will added. The notice says Green Chef proposes to invest $17.2 million in their Fresno business. The average full time salary is $32,000.

Added together the program could mean the addition of more than 450 or more jobs in the Valley through this round of awards. The state program holds several award meetings a year. The next round of applications begin in late July.

Other area companies receiving tax credit awards this round include Actagro LLC,a fertilizer maker in Biola, with promises to add 24 jobs by 2021, organic food professor IF Holding II LLC of Sanger and Fresno who promises to add 31 new jobs to the 79 who work for the firm currently. They would be eligible for $750,000 in tax credits.

Also on the list is Taft-based Calamco NH3 LLC who will employ 24 workers by 2019, apparently a start-up fertilizer maker.

Also, Clovis-based CenCal Solar is on the agenda scheduled to receive $90,000 in tax credits for adding 10 jobs though 2021 as well as M.J. Avila adding 4 jobs.

In Tulare County,Calgren ethanol in Pixley promises to add 12 jobs to the 39 already there by 2021.
Back in Fresno, Dockstader and Dockstader Inc say they will add 37 jobs by 2021 and Tom Malloy, a steel manufacturer, will add 39 jobs at three locations that include Fresno.

Statewide, the economic development agency says they will award some 87 businesses a total of $62.8 million in tax credits at this month’s meeting in Sacramento.

Caption: Organic in a box coming to Fresno?

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