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Business updates: Ohio Know Your Market

11/02/2011 09:52:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

Caruso opens logistics facility in Florida

Cincinnati-based Caruso Inc. opened Caruso Logistics Florida, Jacksonville, Fla., this fall, said Jeffrey Busch, chief operating officer.

In October, Caruso hired Rick Dominick as transportation manager there. Dominick worked in trucking and logistics before joining Caruso, Busch said.

In addition to its Cincinnati location, the company also operates Caruso Logistics Pennsylvania, Ephrata, Pa.

The company offers food warehousing, shipping, repacking, technological services and other logistics assistance, and Busch said it plans to continue adding locations.

Busch said Caruso obtained its fourth “superior” rating in as many years from AIB International, Manhattan, Kan.

Caruso next year will celebrate its 80th anniversary, Busch said. The third-generation family-owned company plans to kick off a marketing campaign tied to its anniversary in early 2012.

DNO Inc. moves, buys Ritchey Produce

DNO Inc., Columbus, Ohio, moved to a new location last fall, said Tony DiNovo, president.

The new facility is about 10 times larger than the previous location. Before moving in, DNO remodeled the two buildings, which have more than 20 coolers combined.

Two coolers were renovated into a fresh-cut processing area, DiNovo said.

In the past year, DNO acquired Zanesville, Ohio-based Ritchey Produce Co. Inc.

DNO also has doubled its number of employees, including adding several who are experienced in fresh-cut processing, DiNovo said.

ProduceOne sponsors university foods lab

Dayton, Ohio-based Produce-One, a Pro*Act network foodservice distributor, this fall began sponsoring the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Allied Health’s foods lab, said Erv Pavlofsky, principal of business development.

The sponsorship helps support nutrition studies.

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