West Coast Fertilizer And Rendering Company, Employer And Steel, Paperhouse, Chemical Drivers And Helpers, Local No. 578, International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen & Helpers Of America, A. F. Or L., Petitioner, 787 (1948)

Docket Number:21-RC-87
Party Name:789
 
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In the Matter of WEST COAST FERTILIZER AND RENDERING COMPANY,

EMPLOYER and STEEL, PAPERHOUSE, CHEMICAL DRIVERS AND HELPERS,

LOCAL No. 578, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, CHAUFFEURS, WAREHOUSEMEN & HELPERS OF AMERICA, A. F. or L., PETITIONER Case No. 21-RC-87.-Decided July 30, 1948 Mr. Thomas L. Young, of Los Angeles, Calif., for the Petitioner.

Mr. Irving Stalmaster, of Los Angeles, Calif., for the Employer.

DECISION AND ORDER Upon a petition duly filed, hearing in this case was held at Los Angeles, California, on June 9, 1948, before Eugene Matthew Purver, hearing officer. The hearing officer's rulings made at the hearing are free from prejudicial error and are hereby affirmed.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 (b) of the National Labor Relations Act, the Board has delegated its powers in connection with this case to a three-man panel consisting of the undersigned Board Members.* Upon the entire record in the case, the National Labor Relations Board makes the following:

FINDINGS OF FACT I. THE BUSINESS OF THE EMPLOYER West Coast Fertilizer and Rendering Company is a California corporation with its sole place of business located in Los Angeles, California. The Employer is primarily engaged in the production and sale of organic matter used as an ingredient in fertilizer. Approximately 95 to 98 percent of the space in the Employer's plant is devoted to this purpose. Raw materials for the production of the organic matter consist mainly of dead animals, poultry, rabbit offals, and feathers, all of which is obtained within the State of California.

*Chairman Herzog and Members Reynolds and Murdock.

During the year prior to the hearing, the Employer sold finished products amounting to approximately $170,000 in value, all of which was sold to customers within the State. The organic matter sold by the Employer is mixed with other ingredients by the customers. It never constitutes more than 3 percent by volume of the ultimate fertilizer mix. Fertilizer which contains organic matter produced by the Employer's plant is suitable only for California soil and is, accordingly, sold by the Employer's customers only to California farmers.

The Employer does not purchase any equipment or supplies from outside the State.

As a side line, the Employer also renders fats and greases, which it sells together with such fats and greases as it acquires by purchase.

Approximately 2 percent of the grease obtained by the Employer is a byproduct resulting...

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