Ontario greenhouses expand staffs

02/02/2012 06:00:00 PM
Coral Beach

LEAMINGTON, Ontario — A number of new employees are working at greenhouse companies in the Leamington and Kingsville areas of Ontario. Following is a partial listing of recent hires.

Clifford Produce Sales reorganizes, expands

A recent reorganization at grower-owned Clifford Produce Sales Inc. included additional office space and three new managers for the company in Ruthven, Ontario.

Phillip Thornton, sales manager, said in mid-January he is working to increase sales efforts and expand retail market share.

He has 22 years of fresh produce experience that includes work with Loblaw Cos. Ltd., which operates about 1,400 supermarkets in Canada and Sobeys Inc., which operates about 1,300 supermarkets.

Joseph Spano, operations and procurement manager, helped with some aspects of the Clifford reorganization with emphasis on the handling of increasing retail business.

His 18-year fresh produce career is supplemented by his experiences with his family’s seedless English cucumber operation. Spano plans to use his knowledge of growing, shipping and product management to oversee supplier relations and maximize operations while containing costs.

Robert Gentile, account manager, has 17 years of sales and product management experience in retail and food merchandising. He previously worked for Santa Maria Foods LLC. Gentile expects to develop new retail relationships for Clifford.

JemD Farm names U.S. operations director

To help manage the growing North American operations of Kingsville, Ontario-based JemD Farms, the company hired Ernesto Sanabria as its U.S. operations director.

Sanabria has extensive experience as a multinational liaison, and JemD president Jim DiMenna said Sanabria’s bilingual abilities will make him particularly valuable in business involving the company’s operations in Mexico.

With a background in project management and product development, Sanabria has led multinational efforts in a wide variety of sectors.

He has worked with produce management and logistics as well as on projects ranging from household appliance controls to automotive components.

Mucci Farms grows with employees

Mucci Farms and its associated companies in Kingsville, Ontario, hired four staffers.

Michael Meixner, operations director for Mucci Pac Ltd., has 25-plus years experience in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain management and customs brokerage.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in engineering management.


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