Joe Rumbles celebrates 45 years at Searles Valley Minerals

Rumbles said, “Some people talk bad about Trona, saying, ‘It stinks and this and that,’ but when you needed to feed your family, Trona was there. I have my ups and downs, it ain’t all been roses, but it fed my family.”

Drive to the edge of the world, then keep going five more miles and you’ll find Trona, a town built around the one company of Searles Valley Minerals. When the company celebrated the 45th anniversary of one of its coworkers, I took the opportunity to explore this unique factory and the people who work in it.

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