Mary’s Harvest Fresh Food, a fresh-cut and value-added processing company in Portland, Ore., under the Spada Family corporate umbrella, is building a 130,000-square-foot processing plant, said Ernie Spada Jr., managing partner at Mary’s, as well as sister companies United Salad Co. and Duck Delivery.
Construction of the $20 million project will get underway in September, with a move-in date scheduled for June 1, 2018, Spada said.
The new plant will replace an existing 45,000-square-foot facility that opened when Mary’s Harvest Fresh was launched five years ago, Spada said.
“It’s going to be specific build-to-suit and based on some of the new technologies, lines and capabilities,” he said. “It will be three times the size but five times the volume capacity it can turn.”
The new building will be about 4 miles from the company’s distribution center and is a result of company growth, Spada said.
“Obviously, we’re projecting some growth,” he said. “We’re definitely at full capacity for what we have, so we’re definitely building it for the future.”
The family will hold onto the current Mary’s processing facility for another use still to be determined.
“We’re kicking around a few ideas,” Spada said of the existing plant, which is about eight blocks from the distribution center. “We’re thinking about putting our tomato repacking operation there, as well as other ideas. We’re definitely going to retain that facility. We just don’t know exactly what we’ll do with it yet.”
Tim Kraus, a 22-year employee who has managed Mary’s Harvest Fresh Food since its inception, will direct the operation in the new building, Spada said.