WinCup, 42 years in Corte Madera, will shut its doors by late June. The maker of Styrofoam cups is consolidating its western region manufacturing operations, according to local WinCup human resources director Jonathan Pardini.

Mr. Pardini said Marin employees will be offered jobs in Tolleson, Ariz. where the Corte Madera operations will be transferred, along with a warehouse operation in Richmond.

According to documents filed with the California Employment Development Department, 104 workers will be laid off from the Corte Madera plant and 15 from Richmond.

Founded as Handi-Kup by Marin businessmen Peter Hunt and his son Joseph and moved to Sausalito in the 1960s, the company grew to 250 employees before being acquired by Georgia-based James River Corp. in the mid-1980s.

For years the operation has been visible to drivers on Hwy. 101 because it generates a plume of steam.

The company occupies about 100,000 square feet in three separate buildings on Tamal Vista.

Currently zoned for industrial use, it’s expected that the city of Corte Madera will re-designate the property to allow the option for the owner to develop it into housing.

The owner of the property said it was too early to talk about development plans.


Jessie et Laurent Culinary Service in San Rafael will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in April 2011. In the spirit of the occasion, every delivery they make that month will include a free pint of soup, first-time customers will receive a complimentary porcelain gratin dish, and all customers will be entered into a drawing to win a day sail on the Bay for four people complete with a gourmet Jessie et Laurent lunch.

In addition, Jessie et Laurent will be hosting an anniversary party on Saturday, April 16 running from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at their commissary located in San Rafael The party will include a buffet lunch with wine and other drinks and there will be live musical entertainment. An invitation to the party can be requested by email at or by telephone at 415-485-1122. There will be space at the party for the first 100 RSVP’s.

Over the last 30 years, Jessie et Laurent has been lauded by both customers and the media. Their story has been recounted by virtually every major newspaper and magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area and many local television and radio stations, plus national outlets including NBC-TV’s Today Show and the New York Times.


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