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Chamber Dinner Includes Large Business Of Year Honors
Bordona's Furniture

The annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan. 19 will include recognition of three large businesses that serve the community. Nominated for the Large Business of the Year honor are Bordona’s Furniture, Gilton Solid Waste Management and Mid Valley Agricultural Services.


Bordona’s Furniture

Bordona’s Furniture is often overlooked because they have a long established history of supporting Oakdale. As a business the standard of work ethic put forth is impressive. There is such heart behind this 86-year-old business. Bordona’s is a family owned business that focuses on the consumers’ needs and doesn’t end the relationship after the sale has concluded. It becomes so much more than a transaction for the staff. Each sale has a story that every single team member will contribute to on some level.

Bordona’s is a third generation family owned business with over 80 years of history treating customers with first class service while offering only quality products produced by the industry’s most trusted brands. Grandpa Mike Bordona first started Bordona’s as a grocery store in 1931 in the neighboring City of Riverbank. Robert and Phyllis Bordona opened the second location in Oakdale in 1965 and then moved Bordona’s to its present location at 102 West F Street in 1971. Bob and Phyllis had one son, Ron, who joined them in 1994 after attending the University of La Verne where his parents graduated as well. Ron is married to Carrie Cardoza Bordona, and they have a son Robert. The four generations of Bordonas share a common thread and feel fortunate to serve the greater Oakdale area.

This past year Bordona’s has not only gone over and above the scope of helping their customers, Bordona’s has also contributed to an array of charitable organizations. Their “giving heart” starts from the top down at this company. They not only give financial contributions to 4H students, Soroptimist, and other local non-profits, they donate items almost on a weekly basis for the schools, church groups and many other organizations. They also work especially hard at finding the best deals for our law enforcement, fire department, veterans, and seniors.

Bordona’s is a great Oakdale Business who treats their employees with respect and as family.


Gilton Solid Waste Management

Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. (GSWM) main office is located in Oakdale and supports much of Oakdale’s community with more than just garbage collection. Last year they sponsored large trash bins for the River Clean Up in September, they donate bins to youth sports, Oakdale Schools, Oakdale Rodeo Kiwanis, 4H, FFA and to the Oakdale Chocolate Festival. These bin donations includes servicing them and taking away the trash they accumulate free of charge.

Gilton Solid Waste Management was started in 1947 by Tedford Gilton and in the same year Gilton’s was contracted with Stanislaus County for Solid Waste Services. His sons Leroy Gilton and Eugene Gilton bought the business in 1962. For over 53 years Gilton Solid Waste Management has been the solid waste provider for the City of Oakdale. They added Escalon and Riverbank in the 70’s and went from hauling 10 percent of Modesto’s waste to 47 percent. In 1984 they contracted for Merced County’s solid waste management services. That year they also began providing fully automated residential waste collection services to the City; making Oakdale the first jurisdiction in the state to utilize this type of program. In 1987 GSWM contracted with San Joaquin County for solid waste services. In 1995, GSWM began a fully automated residential green waste collection program which significantly increased the City’s residential waste diversion via composting of these materials.

In July 1, 1996, GSWM went under the direction and ownership of Richard Gilton, Tedford Gilton, Karen Hardister, and Donna Love. One year later they began using “One Pass” collection vehicles in the City of Modesto, whereby both automated containers (container with trash and the container with green waste/paper products) are collected at the same time with a split body collection vehicle.

GSWM currently holds California State Permits for waste transfer, material recovery, recycling activities, composting activities and C & D processing. They are open to the public 360 days per year and provide a clean, convenient, comprehensive waste management facility for residents, businesses, industries and local governments.

GSWM offers a few different options for recycling. Businesses can sign up for Cardboard bins, Organic Waste bins, and Commingled Recycling materials bins. All of these services help the City of Oakdale meet waste diversion goals for mandated laws. Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. provides monthly information at the bottom of customers billing on recycling requirements as well as direct links to Cal Recycles’ website. Customers can also find information about the mandated laws on their website at


Mid Valley Agricultural Services

Mid Valley Agricultural Services, Inc. (MVAS) contributes to several local organizations including MJC, Oakdale High School FFA, Oakdale HS Farm, Stanislaus County Fair (buying animals from students), Oakdale Sober Grad Night, Sierra Vista Child & Family, Stanislaus Farm Bureau, and Children’s Guardian House.

One of the best outcomes in donating and contributing to the community is when they hire nearly 20 temporary staff during the summer. Most of this staff consists of local graduates and MJC College students pursuing a career in Agriculture. Of the 55 Pest Control Advisers we have on staff, nearly half were previous interns.

MVAS employs over 250 people. The Oakdale location is our new headquarters with 75 employees. Their day to day responsibilities include recommending and advising growers on plant health, safely transporting farm products and assisting growers with regulatory compliance.

Mid Valley Agricultural Services, Inc. is a crop protection company, providing agronomic tools to help local farmers produce healthy foods.

MVAS is a family and farmer owned company. MVAS opened their doors in 1983. To date, they have several employees that have been with them since the beginning. They have seven locations serving growers from Fresno to Sacramento. Additionally, they opened a parts store BG Agrisales and Service in 1992 and now have three locations. They have opened CalAg Safety to assist growers with regulation compliance. They are celebrating 10 years this year.


Crop life America ranks Mid Valley Agricultural Services 24th in the top 100 retailers in the U.S. MVAS is also a recipient of the Dupont Environmental Respect Award.