Shippers react to closure of Oceanside Pole Tomato

05/20/2011 12:14:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

The closure will cost 85 year-round employees their jobs, including president Bill Wilbur, director of sales R.J. Deakins and salesman Dino Iacovimo. It also will eliminate about 900 seasonal field and packinghouse positions.

The company, a fixture in the region for more than 70 years, shipped under the Oceanside Pole and Cal-Tom labels.

Grower-shippers lauded the efforts of Harry Singh & Sons and Oceanside Pole.

“They are absolutely fantastic growers. They have a very strong reputation for quality and consistency,” Munger said. “Our company has always had tremendous respect for Oceanside Pole — for their people and their operation.”

The company was a supply source for many receivers, Biggar said, “and they did a fine job of packing and shipping.”


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