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Bruce Melgar grew up in what he calls the “diesel death zone” along West Coast truck shipping routes, which inspired his passion for fighting environmental waste. The CEO of UrbanX leverages his Long Beach location to reach 2,000 kitchens and restaurants in a 100-mile radius, and recycles their used cooking oil into biofuel used by clients including Fox and Warner Brothers to operate on-set equipment, as well as by Red Bull to transport goods. Melgar recruits employees who grew up experiencing the same environmental troubles he did, so none of his staff come to UrbanX with direct industry experience. Instead, the company trains new hires on highly specialized systems and takes pride in its low turnover.

Company Information

Five-Year Growth Rate (%)493%
2014 Revenue
$2.39 million
HQ Location
Long Beach, CA
Company Owner
Bruce Melgar
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