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Vacaville equipment maker moving jobs to Sacramento

A Vacaville equipment maker tied to the food industry is moving its headquarters to Sacramento, the company announced Wednesday.

The move by RF Biocidics, a company co-founded by a UC Davis professor, will bring 20 jobs to the area.

RF Biocidics makes equipment for eliminating food-related pathogens and pests.

Craig Powell, the company’s president and chief executive, said the move makes strategic sense because of Sacramento’s growing influence in food science and agribusiness.

Noting that UC Davis is considering building a food-science and safety institute at the Sacramento railyard, he called the region “the nerve center” for food-related issues.

Robert Dean, chairman of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization, said in a press release that the move enhances Sacramento’s “reputation as a leader in food technology.”

To market the region to the food and agribusiness industry, members of the SACTO staff will travel with RF Biocidics’ CEO to Paris for the Salon International de l’Agroalimentaire, a global food innovation conference in late October.

The company’s relocation to 1417 North Market St. in Natomas will involve the transfer of administrative, sales, service and research and development operations to Sacramento. Powell said the company maintains a sales office in the United Kingdom; its products are manufactured by contracting firms in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Venice, Italy.

RF Biocidics was co-founded by Manuel Lagunas Solar, a UC Davis scientist who remains the company’s chief scientific officer. The company is now a subsidiary of Allied Minds, a Boston investment company that owns numerous technology companies.