The patriarch and founder of the Caglia Family of Companies, Frank S. Caglia, was born in 1912 in the small, modest village of Muschito, Italy. Just as thousands of immigrants following their dreams and seeking a better life in the United States, Frank stood on the windblown deck of a ship with his parents and younger siblings, saw the welcoming arms of Lady Liberty, and passed through the gates of Ellis Island. Eager to begin their new life in America, the Caglia Family settled in Fresno, working diligently to make ends meet. His drive, ambition, and strong work ethic motivated Frank to strive for success at a young age, and ultimately led to great accomplishments in his business and in the community. That success, fueled by his appreciation of his new home town of Fresno, inspired Frank Caglia to give back to the community that had given him so many blessings. It is that love of community that has led the Caglia family, for three generations, to be an integral part of the philanthropic works of greater Fresno and San Joaquin Valley.
Electric Motor Shop
Industrious and motivated, young Frank worked hard to help his parents and family. At the age of 12, Frank began working at the Electric Motor Shop, sweeping, cleaning, listening and learning the business as he worked. As a young man, he began buying ownership interests in the shop and when the original owners retired, Frank purchased the remaining shares of the business. Under Frank’s leadership and with his entrepreneurial spirit, the business prospered. Dick Caglia, Frank’s son, has been the General Manager of Electric Motor Shop for the last 30 years. Frank’s daughter, Sally, is Executive Administrator for Caglia Enterprises. Three of Frank’s grandchildren are the next generation of the Caglia family to work at Electric Motor Shop. A family-managed business, Electric Motor Shop is a valley landmark: a premier electrical contractor and electrical supply wholesale house.
Orange Avenue Landfill
Frank Caglia’s father-in-law bought the old city landfill from Rossi Disposal Service in 1939. In 1941, Frank purchased the landfill from him and in 1971, created Industrial Waste and Salvage to expand the company’s trash and recycling services, including construction and demolition disposal and recycling. Long before recycling was in vogue, Frank taught his seven children, Joe, Richard, Sally, Vince, Mary Ann, Bernadette, and Rose, the importance of resource conservation. From those early days, the Caglia family championed environmentally sound practices like recycling, offering inexpensive and convenient disposal of trash and recycling materials throughout Fresno County. Orange Avenue Disposal always participated in the Keeping America Beautiful campaign and championed services to keep Fresno clean of trash as part of the Fresno Beautiful campaign in the 1960’s. Frank’s eldest son, Joe, carried on the family tradition of environmental preservation by managing the landfill for optimum trash disposal and recycling in the seventies and eighties. Frank’s son, Vince, was the General Manager for the last 17 years of the landfill, until it ceased operations in 2008. It will be maintained in post-closure care by the Caglia family for over 30 years.
Industrial Waste and Salvage
Industrial Waste and Salvage (IWS) offers disposal services for trash and recycling collection, rental of trash and recycling dumpsters, rental of trash and recycling roll off bins, and construction and demolition trash and recycling services. As the company grew, it modernized its fleet with the purchase of environmentally friendly CNG trucks. By doing so, IWS is reducing the company’s carbon footprint in the Central Valley, resulting in cleaner air for the Central Valley communities IWS serves.
Cedar Avenue Recycling and Transfer Station (CARTS)
The CARTS facility, started by the Caglia Family in 2004, represents the latest generation of transfer station facilities. Unlike a traditional garbage dump, such as the closed Orange Avenue landfill, the CARTS facility is a fully integrated materials recovery facility, processing mixed recyclables from a variety of sources, including construction/demolition materials, trash and recycling from commercial, government, industrial, and residential customers. When a customer orders a trash or recycling dumpster or a trash or recycling roll off bin for home, business, or construction clean-up, it is taken to CARTS for recovery. CARTS recycles over 70% of trash and recycling collected, repurposing it into raw materials for transformation into new products for consumers.
Redrock Environmental Group
As the exclusive provider of trash and recycling services for the lower elevations of Madera County since 2012, Redrock Environmental Group is committed to a cleaner, healthier Madera County through advanced trash and recycling practices. Madera County agricultural, business and residential customers receive prompt, courteous trash and recycling pick-up. Businesses and residents in Madera County can order dumpsters and roll off bins for trash, recycling, and construction and demolition clean-up. Redrock also operates the Fairmead landfill for Madera County.
For the first time in Fresno County, a privately held company is harnessing landfill gas and converting it into electricity. A landmark project, it supplies 100% of the power required to operate many of the Caglia family owned facilities. Caglia Environmental facilities now operate using renewable energy generated by the gas from the closed Orange Avenue Landfill. Gas from landfills is produced during the natural process of waste decomposition over time. When not harnessed for power, the filtered gas is burned off into the atmosphere. By capturing the gas before it is expelled, it can be used as a fuel, which is a sustainable alternative to an atmospheric release.
Through its green energy projects and all of its operations, the Caglia Environmental Companies are committed to preserving and protecting the environment through advanced, state-of-the-art recycling and trash technologies.