Michigan Know Your Market business updates

11/16/2012 09:12:00 AM
Jim Offner

It was an overdue project, Russo said.

“We spent years operating out of offices that have been here since way before my time, back in the 1950s and 1960s, so it was time we got everything updated. Everybody’s got their own computers,” he said. “It’s just a way to be more efficient and up to speed.”

 

Ben B. Schwartz hires salesman, buyer

Gianni Pegoraro early this year joined Detroit-based Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. as salesman and buyer, said Nate Stone, the company’s chief operating officer.

The company, founded in 1906, is one of the oldest distributors in Detroit.

The company also expanded its office space, though Stone declined to provide details.

“It gives our clerical staff more room to work,” he said.

 

Wholesaler Serra Bros. adds coolers, inventory

Detroit-based wholesale distributor Serra Bros. added new coolers in 2011, and now the company is getting ready to see how that investment has paid off, said Brandon Serra, salesman.

“We’re close to the end of the fiscal year, and we’ll be able to see what kind of return we’ve been able to get on that for the first time,” he said.

He said the company anticipates saving a lot with the new coolers.

“We bought out a company that went out of business (J.R. Mazzola Inc.), and we put in the coolers in their space, so we eliminated the (storage) trucks out on Fort Street.”

The move also allowed Serra Bros to expand its inventory, Serra said.

“It allows us to bring in more product and carry more items and expand our customer base,” he said. “We’re trying to get to the point where we have every item every day to service our clientele.”


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