The founder of Cardenas Markets, Jesus Cardenas, a resident of Rancho Cucamonga, was laid to rest this week. The former migrant farm worker came to the United States from Jalisco Mexico at the age of 18. The company now employs 3,000 people with locations throughout Southern California and in Las Vegas.
Here’s a documentary short I made with company spokesman Marco Robles in the Cardenas Market just two blocks away on Fourth Street from the newspaper office in Ontario.
Today I had the opportunity to shoot a documentary short on a new factory here in Rancho Cucamonga.
The plant is where a chemical company, ICL Peformance Products, makes the red-colored fire retardant dropped from aircraft on wildfires worldwide. The product is called Phos-Chek. The new factory, which began operation in the city this month, is already busy churning out red powder in anticipation of the coming fire season.
Phos-Chek is shipped to the global marketplace, where it’s used in places like Spain, Italy, France, Canada, in addition to here in the United States.
But why is it red and how does it work? I always wondered about that.