Cuties holds grand opening

 

The Cuties Citrus Facility held its grand opening on Friday for the world's largest citrus plant.

The company says the facility stretches the length of eleven football fields. It's more than 600,000 square feet, equipped with state of the art technology.

"About 50 percent of our power comes from either solar or fuel cells. We've got a 2.7 megawatt solar rooftop solar farm and at 1.6 megawatts of fuel cells,” said Jason Blake from Paramount Citrus.   

Delano gave Paramount Citrus a key to the city on Friday to show their appreciation over the job growth the company is bringing to the county.

The company has already added about 500 jobs and says that amount could double over the next three years.

It's the variety of new positions that has the city of Delano hopeful for economic recovery.

"We're proud of that. It's going to be jobs in a variety of positions. You know, from the more technical to the administration and so we are pretty proud of it and we are happy for it,” said Vice Mayor Sam Ramirez.

Paramount Citrus says last year, 60 million of the five pound cartons of the mandarin oranges were sold around the world, and the company projects to increase sales by 50 percent next year. 

"The marketing that they do, and everything good that they do, it puts Delano on the map, and so we are excited about that. We have visitors coming in from all over the state, from all over the country and from all over the world flying into our small airport, visiting our community, taking tours of the plant,” said Ramirez.

The company also says the new plant was designed to improve worker safety.

 

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