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Michigan Produce business updates

06/10/2014 04:39:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Buurma begins Michigan transition

Willard, Ohio-based Buurma Farms Inc.’s Michigan operation is in the process of transitioning from the fourth to the fifth generation of Buurmas, said co-owner Loren Buurma.

Loren Buurma’s cousin Rick Buurma, the current president of the Gregory, Mich., operation, plans to retire in the next three years, Loren Buurma said.

Rick Buurma’s brother Greg Buurma will likely follow a years after that.

Other key positions in the Gregory office are currently held by men nearing retirement, Loren Buurma said.

In the meantime, Rick Buurma’s sons Dustin and Derek and their cousin, Ryan Buurma, are being groomed for their eventual role in running the company’s Michigan unit.

“It’s good to have the young guys on board,” Loren Buurma said. “It gives some new energy to the facility.”

Dustin and Derek Buurma, both Michigan State graduates, are working mostly in the field as they learn the ropes from their father and uncle.

“They’ll have a few years under their belt so the transition goes smoothly,” Loren Buurma said.

Buurma Farms sources all of its celery, most of its radishes, and greens, beets and other vegetables from its Gregory operation, Loren Buurma said.


E. Miedema & Sons revamps office

As part of a company reorganization as it passes the baton from one generation of Miedemas to the next, Byron Center, Mich.-based E. Miedema & Sons is remodeling its office.

The company is keeping the exterior of its old office but completely redoing the interior, said company co-owner Dave Miedema.

The new office, the completion of which has been delayed by the long, cold, snowy winter and sluggish start to spring that has followed, will include room for a receptionist, a new position at the company.

In mid-May, the company was in the middle of its search for the position, which could be full-time or part-time, Miedema said.

The new office also includes a new entrance and more room for printers, a necessity given new GTIN labeling requirements, Miedema said.

A new door to the office from the plant will provide easier access.


Miedema expands value-added radishes

Due to strong demand, Miedema Produce Inc. is expanding its value-added radish packs.

The Hudsonville, Mich.-based company introduced its matchstick and radish chip packs in 2012. Now, in their third year, the company wants to expand their presence at foodservice, said Todd Miedema, marketing director and a principal.

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