A leading Arizona watermelon and melon shipper is expanding into vegetables and has hired an industry veteran to lead the effort.

Al Harrison Produce Co. Distributors Inc., Nogales, Ariz., hired T.J. Bauer, a longtime employee of Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc., as vice president, said Shelley Harrison-Valdivia, also a vice president and the company’s secretary and treasurer.

Bauer, who most recently worked as director of sales in L&M’s Nogales office, joined Harrison in late July, Harrison-Valdivia said.

With Bauer’s arrival, Al Harrison Produce — a specialist in watermelons, melons and hardshell squash — will add cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, other varieties of squash and other vegetables, Harrison-Valdivia said.