Doug OhlemeierMike Muzyk, president of Baldor Specialty Foods Inc., shows off the company’s organic produce offerings. Baldor recently purchased methane-powered fuel cells for its forklifts, which Muzyk says are more reliable and require less charging than the electric cells the company used before. A&J Produce Corp. adds two salesmen
Two of the newest generations joined the staff of A&J Produce Corp., New York.
Thomas Tramutola Jr., son of company treasurer Thomas Tramutola, joined in the fall and works in sales and purchasing.
James Tramutola, the son of Jimmy Tramutola, joined in the fall as buying assistant.
Thomas Tramutola Jr. is a recent graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., while James Tramutola graduated from Fordham University, New York.
John Tramutola and Al Weiler co-own the produce wholesaling firm.
Baldor invests in alternative energy
Baldor Specialty Foods Inc., New York, is purchasing alternative fuel cells to run its forklifts.
The battery-sized cells, which include a methanol tank and converter, power the batteries and should prove a “game-changer” for Baldor, said Mike Muzyk, president.
The 20 units Baldor ordered should run more reliably than the electric units that frequently die and need continuous recharging, Muzyk said. He said the new technology allows a distributor to almost never have to worry again about a jack not being charged.
Muzyk said Baldor recently hosted a New York Department of Transportation meeting to discuss cleaning the Hunts Point air and seek alternative fuel for trucks. He said a standing-room-only crowd attended.
“We always thought about energy conservation,” Muzyk said.
“All this talk about tax abatements, funds possible to convert a fleet to alternative energy and the search for cleaner air, we don’t have to do that. But when you’re a good corporate citizen, you must continue to reinvent yourself. Sustainability is an important way we do that.”
D’Arrigo delves deeper into mushroom business
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc. is increasing its presence in the fresh mushroom business.
Though the distributor sold small volumes of mushrooms in the past, Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president, said the recent addition of the category should make for a more serious entrance.
“We have done a little in the past, so this is kind of a new thing for us,” D’Arrigo said.
“We have very good sales and interest in it, and very steady business. Happily, we have the right guy managing and handling it.”