CHADBOURN, N.C. — In early September, Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co. opened a new storage building, started a logistics operation and added sales staff.
The new building on Wayne E. Bailey’s growing operations facility south of Chadbourn has 154,000 square feet of curing and storage capacity.
The addition provides the grower-shipper curing and storage capacity for 2.1 million bushels of sweet potatoes, said George Wooten, president.
In November 2011, Wayne E. Bailey created TSP Logistics to handle trucking logistics and help ensure on-time deliveries, Wooten said.
Timmy Burchett, who has 30 years logistics experience, manages the division which is headquartered in the new facility.
Additionally, Yvonne Koontz and Lisa Taylor joined in sales.
Taylor, who started in late August, has 25 years of experience in truck brokering and dispatching. She previously worked for C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., and was a transportation broker for the Winston-Salem office of Fall River Express, a sister company of Fall River, Wis.-based Badger Express.
Koontz, who began in July, formerly worked in the aviation industry for U.S. Airways in Los Angeles and later moved to sales at Dream Foods International, Santa Monica, Calif., a gourmet organic juice manufacturer.
Wayne E. Bailey also is increasing volume of Green Giant Fresh-branded four-count sweet potatoes in microwaveable overwrapped packs.
Wayne E. Bailey also offers the tray packs under its George Foods label.