Broadening its customer service offerings, Lipman is opening a logistics division.

Florida tomato grower-shipper to start logistics service divisionThe Immokalee, Fla.-based tomato and vegetable grower-shipper and repacker is launching Lipman Logistics Services Inc.

Operating from Lipman’s Hendersonville, N.C., operation, the logistics division addition provides Lipman an integrated network of services and transforms the company into a full-service brokerage, according to a news release.

“Lipman Logistics Services will allow us bring all of our transportation in-house and to better manage our needs nationwide,” John Payne, Lipman Logistics Services’ general manager, said in the release. “This new division furthers our ability to deliver field-fresh produce to our clients 365 days a year.”

Lipman hired produce logistics industry veteran Joe Filipski as general manager to supervise and direct the division’s growth, according to the release.

With 19 years experience, Filipski previously worked at Total Quality Logistics, Cincinnati, at Wilder, Ky.-based RWI Transportation LLC, and Cincinnati area-based Clark Cubed, a subsidiary of Clark Holdings Inc., FLS Transportation Services Inc., and Verst Group Logistics.

Lipman Logistics uses technology to promote fuel efficiency, according to the release.