Piedimonte adds packing equipment

James J. Piedimonte & Sons Inc. and Anthony J. Piedimonte/Cabbco, Holley, N.Y., installed sweet corn hydrocooling and packing equipment in July.

The grower-shipper added sweet corn this season to its lineup of green beans, cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes.

In late June, Piedimonte completed construction of its ice manufacturing facility and planned to complete installation of the packing line by mid-July.

The company plans to use existing coolers to store the corn it packs and expects to distribute to northeastern and Mid-Atlantic retail customers within 24 hours of harvesting, said Tony Piedimonte, owner.

Williams Farms installs machinery

In July, Marion, N.Y.-based Williams Farms LLC, an onion and potato grower-shipper, was installing modern stainless steel equipment for washing and grading machinery.

The equipment replaces machinery that is more than 20 years old and updates its packing capabilities to be in compliance with food safety laws, said John Williams, partner.

Haines Equipment in Avoca, N.Y., manufactured the machinery, which Williams Farms expects to be in operation by early September, in time for the start of its onion and potato harvests.