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Firm still considering Calexico as a site for ‘e-waste'

May 16, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — City Councilman Alex Perrone and Ralph Morales, interim director of the city Economic and Community Development Department, met with representatives of San Diego's RMD Technologies Inc. a few days ago in an attempt to get the computer recycling company to set up operations in Calexico.

Morales recently told the City Council, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, that the meeting went well.

He said RMD Technologies is seriously considering branching into Calexico and, if it does, the company could eventually hire more than 100 employees.

According to RMD's Web site, the "company was formed to provide businesses and consumers with technology disposal and recycling services using proper, environmentally safe procedures. Since it began in 1999 the company has grown to offer computer pickup and disposal services throughout Southern California. Through alliances with shipping and trucking companies, RMD Technologies can handle ‘e-waste' from all over the western U.S."


Morales said RMD Technologies could ask the RDA for financial assistance in the range of $100,000 to help cover "working capital" expenses.

Morales said the company looks "pretty solid" but he plans to conduct a further review of the company's financials before recommending any course of action by the RDA board.

Rob Spence, chief executive officer of RMD Tech, said his company is bullish on the Imperial Valley.

Spence said, "We're so convinced that the business model is going to work that we rented 9,000 square feet of warehouse space at Drewery Warehousing in the city of Imperial.

"One of our company's executives has actually moved to Imperial."

Spence said in the near future the company could relocate the majority of its Imperial Valley operations to Calexico.

The company would likely hire employees participating with programs sponsored by the county's Workforce Investment Board and the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program.

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