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Sonoma County BEST

Economic Development through Business Success and Job Growth
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Sonoma County BEST is a public-private partnership devoted to inspiring business success and job growth in Sonoma County through initiatives and programs that promote economic vitality in the region.

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Brandon Jewell
707-545-1118
Santa Rosa

BPE-USA

Cut & Sew Manufacturing
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We are a family owned small business with over 25 years of experience designing and manufacturing highest quality products across a wide spectrum of categories and industry segments. We make protective gear like knee & elbow pads for the U.S. Army, major US airlines and retail hardware stores under our own BPE-USA brand and also offer contract sewing services to customers and their cut & sew related projects. All our products are made in our facilities in Santa Rosa, CA. Go Local!

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Steffen Kuehr
707-528-4647
Santa Rosa

Labcon

Sustainable Labware Solutions
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Labcon was founded in Marin County, California in 1959 as Ways and Means, Inc. The name given to the company then reflected the newness of the plastics industry where the company literally had to find the "ways and means" to make plastic products including small toys, vials for salt tablets, contact lens cases, cassette tape cartridges and cigarette filters. Labcon developed some of the first plastic pipet tips for research liquid handling in the early 1980’s and soon became a major global supplier of plastic laboratory products for industries such as biomedical research, pharmaceutical and environmental studies. This focus helped Labcon grow at a time when the use of disposables exploded over fears of contamination from even minute traces of chemicals left over from the washing of glassware.

Although Labcon is a major supplier of disposable products to laboratories, there had been growing concern inside and outside the company that disposable plastics are too wasteful. From this understanding Labcon began to develop products in 1994 that were unlike anything else the laboratory industry had seen. These innovative products incorporate concepts of "eco-efficiency" using less packaging, recycled plastics, plant-based bioplastics and refillable products. A particularly good example is the Pagoda® pipet tip refill system which eliminates 90% of the packaging and waste in typical products of this kind and has spawned a multitude of imitations. Labcon also began looking at its manufacturing processes for areas to cut waste and lessen its environmental impact. Starting in 2003, a tremendous investment was devoted toward a new manufacturing facility in Petaluma, CA with high-efficiency electric molding machines, solvent (VOC) free printers for product marking, a chemical-free water treatment system, an internal scrap recycling program and numerous other enhancements which resulted in zero plastic waste and an over 50% reduction in the energy to produce our products. In 2010 Labcon made the largest single equipment investment in company history by installing a $3.3M 800kW rooftop solar array to produce 30% of the company’s electricity. We now scrutinize a full spectrum of environmental impacts including the greenhouse gas/carbon footprint to produce our products which we’re proud to say has been cut by 70% in the past 10 years.

Labcon has taken significant steps over the years to address the environmental concerns we share with our customers and community in order to develop an earth friendly manufacturing business.

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Labcon
707-766-2100
Petaluma
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