Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava tours Kimre Plant in South Dade
Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava continued her celebration of small businesses in South Dade with a recent tour of the Kimre headquarters and factory located at 744 S.W. 1st Street in Homestead. The tour was part of Commissioner Levine Cava’s monthly “Small Business Friday” program.
Kimre produces pollution abatement and chemical processing equipment used by manufacturers around the world. The company’s customers include power plants, waste water treatment plants, fertilizer producers and automotive plants among many others. Kimre produces technology approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to filter toxic emissions from factories. Through the production of air cleaning systems Kimre’s goal is the protection and improvement of the earth’s environment for future generations.
Kimre’s roots in the South Dade community run deep. The firm was founded by local engineer and inventor George (Chris) Pedersen in 1973. Mr. Pedersen opened the first Kimre production facility in Perrine on July 4, 1974. Like most South Dade businesses, the firm was hit hard by hurricane Andrew in 1992 but Mr. Pedersen vowed to rebuild in the community. Today, the firm has nearly 50 employees and a recently expanded product line. Kimre has also recently invested in state-of-the-art machinery which was custom built in Italy.
“This is exactly the type of business we want in South Dade. This company hires locally, uses local vendors in its supply chain and produces a product which protects our environment,” Commissioner Levine Cava said. “I applaud Mr. Pedersen for his dedication to our South Dade economy and I commend the entire Kimre team for producing American-made products that enhance our quality of life.”
Commissioner Levine Cava and Kimre CEO George (Chris) Pedersen look over new factory equipment at the Kimre facilities in Homestead.