(Web Editor’s note: This article is updated, extended coverage of a story The Packer first posted on April 4).

(April 14, 11:35 a.m., UPDATED COVERAGE) In what was described as a reorganization move, Misionero Vegetables, Salinas, Calif., is closing a processing facility.

At the same time, Greg Gattis, vice president of sales and marketing for more than 15 years, is no longer with the company.

“The owners and management of the company are evaluating all of their operations,” said Dan Canales, former director of sales who was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing on April 3. “They decided we had some duplication in different areas, and unfortunately Greg happened to be in one of those areas.”

Canales said he’s known Gattis since he joined the company.

“I have tremendous respect for him,” Canales said, noting that Gattis had been instrumental in the company’s growth.

Canales said the company’s 10,000-square-foot processing facility in Salinas will close and be consolidated into a 25,000-square-foot facility in Gonzales. He said the move was to be completed by April 11.

“We did the wash and trim of our romaine, romaine hearts, green leaf and red leaf for our foodservice packs and our Garden Cuts retail line in Salinas,” Canales said.

The Gonzales facility was used to pack the company’s EarthGreens organic salad line, as well as co-pack for other growers’ brands.

“We had room for expansion, and the owners decided to put all of our management under one roof and get some efficiencies out of one plant, as opposed to having two separate operations,” he said.

He said the expansion involves building more enclosed docks and bringing certain areas up to code.

“We move biannually each way between Salinas and Yuma, so when we came back up from Yuma this season, which was just last week, instead of moving all of our equipment to two different areas, now it’s all under one roof,” he said April 4. “This emulates what we have in Yuma. It just made sense to do the same thing here.”

In moving all processing into one facility, he said there will be some overlap of line manager responsibilities, which will necessitate more personnel reductions.

Misionero will be revaluating its core business, he said, comparing the move to that of Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle’s recent decision to discontinue growing for processors after April 15.

“We’re going to fall in line with that after this season,” he said. “We’re a very large grower and have control of not only our family-owned ranches, but long-term leases, so we’re going to scale back on our outside growing and key in on our core items that we process and sell to our customer base.”

He said the move is being made in order to stay ahead of the economic conditions in Salinas Valley.

“Whether it be in the facilities or out in the fields, my sense is this is happening to companies throughout the valley,” he said.

Canales said the owners have not decided what to do with the Salinas facility.