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Michigan business updates

11/18/2011 10:31:00 AM
David Mitchell

R.A.M. to upgrade software systems

R.A.M. Produce Distributors, Detroit, plans to upgrade its software systems by the end of the first quarter of 2012, said salesman Michael Badalament.

Badalament said the new software will give R.A.M. improved traceability and inventory control and make the company more efficient.

Rocky Produce Inc. hires buyer/salesman

Joe Elias has joined Rocky Produce Inc., Detroit, as a buyer and salesman, said Dominic Russo, buyer/sales. Elias previously was a Rocky customer, working in retail in Windsor, Ontario.

“We’re glad to have him,” Russo said. “He’s doing a fantastic job.”

Russo added that Elias’ experience in Ontario has helped Rocky build on its relationships with Canadian greenhouse growers.

Serra Bros. adds coolers to facilities at terminal

Serra Bros. Inc. has added two new coolers to its facility on the Detroit Produce Terminal. The space became available after J.R. Mazzola Inc. went out of business.

Salesman Brandon Serra said the addition has allowed the company to handle more items, including additional wet vegetable and fruit products.

The change also allowed Serra Bros. to stop using six trailers for cold storage, reducing diesel and electric costs.

The company also added five dock doors, which Serra said should improve efficiencies related to loading and unloading.

Simon & Leeman Corp.adds green lighting

Simon & Leeman Corp., Detroit, has updated its cooler, replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED lights.

President and owner Ron Stewart said he plans to eventually update the lighting in his entire building.

Converting the lights in the cooler cost $10,000, he said.

“It was an investment,” he said, “but it will pay off in the long run.”

Stewart said the LED bulbs have a longer life than fluorescents and are expected to use 30% less energy.

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