Sen. Nielsen Visits CleanFlame

Nov 21, 2013 7:44 PM

Last October, CleanFlame in Gridley was shut down by a devastating fire. Some of the equipment used to produce the company’s eco friendly fire logs was heavily damaged in the blaze. CEO Kory Hamman knew that there were lots of customers waiting for their orders and so he got his employees to kick the repair process into high gear. Replacing the highly specialized equipment used in their factory normally takes about two months, but the business was able to get it done in just under two weeks.

“The equipment we had that burned up basically put our whole operation in jeopardy. It was a tremendous feat to have this completed in such a short amount of time, but that's how our company operates. We jump in and are able to get it done," says Hamman.

The Discovery Channel heard about CleanFlame's dilemma and decided to film the recovery effort for one of its reality shows, Shred!

"It was kind of a surreal moment in time. We really didn't notice it quite as much because we were so focused on getting our equipment in and getting our factory back to 100%," says Hamman.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the company is back in full swing and doing better than ever. Senator Jim Nielsen visited the factory Thursday morning to get a closer look at the new equipment. All of the fire logs are made from wax cardboard boxes from grocery stores and local farmers.

By reusing the material CleanFlame will not only save those businesses thousands of dollars in recycling fees, it will also divert ten million pounds of waste from local landfills and save 250,000 trees this year. CleanFlame has seen tremendous growth since Hamman took over the company 4 years ago. The business was originally distributing to just 125 stores in California, but now you can find its products in more than 14,000 stores nationwide.


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