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Business updates: New York Know Your Market

02/24/2012 10:21:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

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.”

Ben Shkolnik, who formerly worked at a defunct produce firm, joined D’Arrigo in late 2010 and heads the mushroom sales.

D’Arrigo wholesales a full line of fruit and vegetables.

J. Kings increases home meal offerings

J. Kings Foodservice Professionals Inc., Holtsville, N.Y., is expanding its home replacement meal offerings.

Complementing its meat packing facility that produces its Kitchen Cuts product line, the foodservice distributor during the summer opened its Krazy Cooks Kitchen.

The Krazy Cooks Bayshore, N.Y., facility produces home replacement meals for retail and foodservice customers that include a variety of fresh salads that feature protein and use sliced vegetables.

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