Hi Quality property changes hands

By Pat Sunderland


Delta County Economic Development has announced a new business is moving to Delta County.

Waste Farmers, a sustainable agricultural company manufacturing 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 DCED, five to seven current employees will be moving to Delta County.

John Paul Maxfield, Waste Farmer CEO, is quoted as saying, "We will be looking to hire an additional three or four employees as we get up and running in late July."

In addition to their operations they plan to keep the produce market open (currently the Laughing Goat Farmers Market).

Waste Farmer's mission is to empower the farmers of the 21st 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 Trish Thibido, executive director of DCED. "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, Maxfield cited Delta's rich history in agriculture and being in the middle of paradise. "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 states an appreciation for DCED, City of Delta, Renfrow Realty and Cushman & Wakefield helping with the transition to Delta.

DCED reports 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," Renfrow said.

A 90-day transition period will allow Davis to consolidate his operation in the coolers.

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.

"The plus side is that some of the space is getting eaten up; the downside is that I see another wave of vacancies coming."