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Five Cannabis Applications Filed in Hanford

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 7.58.45 AMThe City of Hanford has closed commercial cannabis applications as of October 2. Community Development Director Darlene Mata says five applicants submitted for 27 permits and the review process has begun.

Under city regulations passed in August, commercial medical cannabis businesses can operate in the Heavy Industrial zone in the City of Hanford.  The City Council also adopted a process for the issuance of Cannabis Permits.

Mata says the five companies who submitted for permits are Genezen, Bridge The Gap, Premium Extracts, Essential Farms and Caliva.

By law each applicant must apply for a separate permits for different activities including manufacturing ,cultivation and others. That is why each entity has applied for multiple permits at five Hanford locations.

Mata says the process now will be for the City Council to decide to approve or not approve each permit after staff makes their recommendations in November.

Jobless Rate Here Falls

EDD says the unemployment rate in the Kings County was 7.5 percent in September 2017, down from a revised 8.5 percent in August 2017, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.2 percent.

Figures show the county has 800 more non-farm jobs than a year ago while farm jobs remain flat. Construction jobs are up 11% year-over-year. The 7.5% jobless rate us he best  September number in Kings County since 2007, before the great recession.

Hanford Dairyman Pioneers Dairy Feed Mixing Electrification Program

The San Joaquin Valley Air District recently approved $4 million in incentive funding for new pilot Dairy Feed Mixing Electrification Program ,seeking to expand the installation of electric feed mixing equipment and reduce diesel emissions from tractors and other mobile equipment used on Valley dairies.

The approval of this program has been four years in the making, dating back to a demonstration project by Hanford dairy farmer Philip Verwey.

Verwey’s demonstration project on his Kings County dairy replaced diesel tractor- powered feed mixing and delivery equipment with an electric feed mixing station and delivery system. The results were more than impressive following two years of operation.

Feed mixing time was reduced from 22 hours per day to less than 6, the quality of the feed mixture was significantly improved and diesel fuel consumption was cut nearly in half. According to the Air District, the project is achieving more than 21 tons of NOx reductions on an annual basis.

The Electrification Program covers up to 75 percent of costs for new projects.

Tulare Conference to hear plans for Faraday Futures and Green Power Bus

The South San Joaquin Valley Industrial Summit, an all-day affair October 26 at the Tulare SCE Education Center (4175 S Laspina St) will hear from some of the Valley’s newest and most innovative companies including Hanford’s electric car maker Faraday Futures and Porterville’s electric bus maker Green Power Motors.

On the agenda is Leonel Leal Senior Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Faraday Future who guides the company’s  manufacturing strategy. Leal is a former senior manufacturing engineer at Tesla Motors. Four other Faraday Futures staffers will speak as well. The company is remodeling the old Pirelli tire plant in Hanford to open next year.

Also watch for a talk on the Present and Future of the Green Transportation on Industry featuring Brendan Riley, President, GreenPower Co who is building a new bus plant in Porterville.

Rack’M Up in Lemoore

Lemoore will get a 15,000sf billiard hall – Kings County Billiards –

at the Gateway Plaza at the northeast corner of Hanford Armona Road and 18th Avenue. Improvements on the space that used to be Spouse Ritz, are underway but could take a few months says Rick Amerine with Commercial Retail Associates. Also in the  same center are In-Shape and Dollar General – who is taking over the Family Dollar space.


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