A new facility has increased efficiencies at Tom Maceri & Son, and it might improve quality as well, said manager Sam Maceri III.
“At the old place, we didn’t have enough room,” said Maceri, whose family business earlier this year moved from the 20,000-square-foot Detroit warehouse it had called home for more than 20 years to a 73,000-square-foot building in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
“We’d unload product, and we’d have to move it three or four times before we put it on a truck. With fresh produce, the less you handle it, the more legs the product has in the end. Now we unload it into its slot, and it’s not moved again until we need it.”
Maceri said that at the company’s old facility, product was loaded and unloaded out of the same dock doors. The new building has five doors dedicated to unloading in-bound product and 13 doors for shipping outbound product.
The company’s new home was just a storage facility for its previous tenant, meaning it lacked refrigeration and most other features required of a fresh produce distributor.
“We renovated it top to bottom,” Maceri said. “We laid concrete, added coolers, offices, door wells, everything. It had four walls, and that was about it.”
The company’s new home in the suburbs is one block off of Interstate 94.
With additional space to store more product, Maceri said the company is considering new products to offer and reaching out to potential new customers in Indiana and Ohio.
Maceri said the company also is in the process of implementing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plan, something it lacked in its former location.