In February, Mount Vernon, Ga.-based J&S moved into the operation that caught fire after a worker accidentally ignited some pallets, causing $900,000 in losses to the company’s offices and packing facilities.
Joey Johnson, J&S’ president, said rebuilding took eight months.
The company, which packs for growers, reconfigured its building Though the square footage remains the same, the new operation has more cooler space, he said.
The operation includes padded doors for trailer loading in controlled atmosphere for better keeping the cold chain intact, Johnson said.
After the fire, J&S people packed out of an adjacent onion packing shed owned by Bland Farms Inc., Glennville, Ga.
J&S is a packer and growers’ agent that packs green beans, cucumbers and squash.
South Georgia Produce begins green beans
South Georgia Produce Inc., Lake Park, plans to begin shipping green beans this season.
The grower-shipper has finished constructing a green bean packing line addition to its south Georgia packinghouse.
“This is something that we have been looking at for the past five to six years,” said Steven Johnson, salesman. “Though we have serviced a lot of bean business before, this just made sense. This addition should give us as much diversity of product as anyone in Georgia.”
South Georgia packs primarily for grower owners David Corbett and Violet Corbett.
South Georgia plans to begin harvesting in early May.
(Note on correction: This story originally incorrectly stated the ownership of the company in the fourth paragraph).
Southern Valley implements PTI
Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable Inc., Norman Park, Ga., plans to fully implement Produce Traceability Initiative procedures at the start of this season.
Jon Schwalls, director of operations, said the grower-shipper began testing the system as a pilot program in November but plans to fully integrate it with its operations this season.
“We are definitely ahead of the curve on it and are ahead of schedule in the timeline that has been set down,” Schwalls said.