There are logistics considerations, as well, and ProduceOne’s Dayton operation has functioned traditionally as a distribution center, Roth said.
“We put a lot of miles on trucks going to Dayton and Cincinnati every day, and they have a facility here, so it’s economics but, more important, it gives us a chance to really grow and make our brands very prominent,” he said.
Erv Pavlofsky said the companies won’t have to rely as heavily on Dayton, because the merged operations in Columbus will be “working as a self-contained operation.”
Roth said he is retaining all of his 47 workers.
“Our company continues to grow and service Ohio, and our intention is definitely to add more jobs,” Erv Pavlofsky said, although he didn’t specify how many.
Roth said he planned to step back and let the next generation take more control.
“You have 47 families working for you, and you want to make sure their futures are secure,” he said.
With ProduceOne’s pre-existing partnership with Premier Produce in Cleveland, Roth ProduceOne enhances its statewide reach, Pavlofsky said.
“Our sales growth continues to be higher education and what’s happening in the markets, we continue to grow with local produce and sustainability, all things that are key initiatives with our company,” he said.
ProduceOne dates to 1998, the result of two Dayton companies, Mush and Sons Inc. and Niedhammer Produce, merging.