Valley Chrome Plating in Clovis and its president, Ray Lucas, will be honored today by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control for its pollution-prevention efforts.
Working with state regulators under the department's Metal Finishing Model Shop program, Valley Chrome has switched its plating process to use chrome chemicals that are far less toxic and cancer-causing than its old chemicals.
The change has reduced the company's output of lead waste by about 3,000 pounds per year and hexavalent chrome waste by about 6,000 pounds per year.
Burger restaurant in SW Fresno to reopen
Triple A Burger in southwest Fresno will celebrate its grand reopening and the remodeling of its building today. The owners renovated the building, doubling the restaurant's size and adding 3,500 square feet of attached retail space.
Before the renovation, Triple A Burger spent 17 of its 30 years in a 750-square-foot space. Now, the 5,000-square-foot building also houses Custom Wireless, Discount City and another retail space.
The city of Fresno's Redevelopment Agency reimbursed the restaurant owners for required upgrades of curbs, gutters and sidewalk that were not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The grand reopening event starts at 12:30 p.m. at 1020 Fresno St.
Internet access back
A problem in electronic communication equipment blocked Internet access for about two days for about 7,000 Valley subscribers of Fresno's unWired Broadband.
A high-speed fiber card failed Monday morning, interrupting a data circuit between the Fresno company and its Internet partner in San Jose, said unWired president Peter Sorensen. It took technicians in San Jose and Fresno a day to diagnose the problem and pinpoint where the failure happened, and another day to order and install the replacement equipment, Sorensen said. Service was restored shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Sorensen said unWired is establishing an alternate carrier to prevent another complete disruption.