Wisconsin Potatoes business updates - The Packer

Wisconsin Potatoes business updates

08/08/2014 12:29:00 PM
David Mitchell

Alsum Farms adds saleswoman

Christine Lindner has joined the sales staff at Alsum Farms & Produce Inc., Friesland, Wis. Lindner will be responsible for procuring and serving national retail and food service accounts and will provide support for the organization’s marketing, communications and public relations activities.

Lindner has more than eight years of experience in agriculture sales, marketing and communications.

“She’s been a great addition,” said Larry Alsum, president and CEO. “She has a lot of marketing experience. She grew up on a local farm. She understands ag business.”

 

Bushmans’ adds packing capacity

Bushmans’ Inc., Rosholt, Wis., has become a partner in the Plainfield packinghouse Midwestern Farms.

“This facility will help us with surge capacity during the busiest shipping seasons and will also provide for a centrally located shipping point for our customers,” said Bushmans’ CEO Mike Carter. “We are excited about this new endeavor and look forward to beginning shipping out of that location in August.”

 

Katz Produce Sales sees staff changes

Katz Produce Sales Inc., Rosholt, Wis., has said goodbye to one industry veteran and welcomed another. Sales manager Bob Johnson retired earlier this year after more than 30 years with the company, which is a subsidiary of Bushmans’ Inc., Rosholt.

“It’s a loss for us, his knowledge of the industry and understanding of the product,” Carter said.

Katz, however, has added Rick Kantner, formerly director of sales and marketing for Alsum Farms & Produce, Friesland.

“Rick had been there several years and did a great job,” Carter said. “We were fortunate to get him in here under the Katz label.”

 

Okray upgrades storage facilities

Okray Family Farms Inc., Plover, Wis., has completed an upgrade of its storage facilities. President Dick Okray said the updates included new air systems, re-insulation and the addition of wireless telemetry, which allows remote monitoring via cellphones. He said the improvements were made to ensure quality.

 

RPE Inc. expands office capacity

RPE Inc., Bancroft, Wis., completed an expansion and upgrade of its Bancroft office and packaging facility in March.

“Our company has grown rapidly over the past few years, so we needed the space — 18 cubicles, eight offices, three conference rooms and a training room were added to our office,” said Randy Shell, vice president of marketing and new business development. “In the packaging facility, we added a new hand washing station and employee bathrooms near the entrance. An observation area for the facility was also added for the safety of both our visitors and employees, reducing the amount of unnecessary foot traffic in our work areas.”

RPE also is expanding its offices in Monte Vista, Colo., adding about 1,600 square feet of office space for RPE and Hi-Land Potato Co.

In other news, RPE and CSS Farms acquired Eagle River Seed Farm, Eagle River, Wis., July 17. Eagle River Seed Farm produces seed for fresh potato growers, chip potato growers and processors, Shell said.



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