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.”