Northwest business updates

07/12/2013 02:10:00 PM
Jim Offner

Charlie’s Produce upgrades warehouse

Charlie’s Produce, a Seattle wholesaler, recently remodeled a warehouse building that it had formerly used for processing and shifted stocking and shipping operations for its retail segment into the building, which it calls
Warehouse 2, said Doug Huttenstine, executive vice president of sales.

“It has made it more efficient to separate our foodservice segment, which has remained in Warehouse 1,” Huttenstine said.

Charlie’s also plans to expand its Portland, Ore., facility in the near future, Huttenstine said.

“We have seen some growth there,” Huttenstine said.


Duck Delivery expands distribution center

Portland, Ore.-based Duck Delivery and United Salad Co., has expanded its Sumner, Wash., distribution facility.

The company renovated an expanded a facility it has operated for the last 15 years, in order to expand services northward into Canada, said Ernie Spada Jr., owner.

The 50,000-square-foot center, which operates as Duck Delivery Washington, is central to the company’s distribution network in Washington and Canada, said Ernie Spada Jr., owner.

“They don’t do southern Washington, because I do it out of Portland, but now we go into Canada, which we opened up with a corporate account about two months ago,” Spada said June 19.

Derek Reich, a 13-year employee, manages the Sumner operation, whose employee roster likely will jump from about 100 to about 160 workers when the company completes the hiring process, Spada said.

“We basically replaced the center in Sumner and added 35,000 square feet and married the two facilities together,” Spada said.

The project took three years from conception to completion, he said.

Spada declined to disclose the cost.

Organically Grown settles into new facility

Eugene, Ore.-based Organically Grown Co. has moved into a new 120,000-square-foot office-warehouse in Gresham, Ore., a suburb of Portland, said Tom Lively, senior salesman.

The move was completed in October, he said.

The new building has 20 dock bays and is entirely refrigerated, other than the offices, Lively said.

“That was a huge thing for us and has really cocked our pistol for growth for the next few years,” he said.

Growth already is noticeable, Lively said.

The company was in the process of installing a new warehouse management system in mid-June, Lively said.

Rinella Produce adds delivery routes


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