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U.S.: Chiquita buys Dallas cold storage facility

Fresh produce multinational Chiquita Brands has opted to buy a cold storage warehous it was previously leasing in Dallas, Texas, website Bizjournals.com reported.

The 113,000-square-foot facility in Grand Prairie was purchased by Switzerland-headquartered Chiquita and its Fresh Express brand for US$ 19.5 million, the story reported.

The deal was reportedly brokered by Colliers International vice president Marc Bonilla.

“This institutional grade industrial asset combined outstanding functionality with an incredible opportunity for the tenant to expand the building footprint in one of the strongest sub-markets in the country – Dallas/Fort Worth,” Bonilla was quoted as saying.

“This was a strategic purchase on behalf of the tenant — Chiquita Brands International, Inc.”

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Facility expansion helps Apio increase service in eastern United States and Canada

Apio Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corp. and a leading national producer of fresh-cut vegetable products for the United States and Canada under the Eat Smart brand, has completed a major expansion of its Hanover, PA, operations. The $ 19.5 million expansion triples the size of the facility to 64,000 square feet and increases the number of production lines to 10 from two, helping Apio to better serve its retail customers in the eastern United States and Canada.Apio-Hanover-Plant-Expansion-After-Photo-6-8-16

“Shoppers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and eastern Canada are responding to our on-trend products, which include Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Superfood Salad Kits like Sweet Kale Salad and Wild Greens and Quinoa Salad,” said Anne Byerly, vice president of marketing and innovation for Apio, which is based in Guadalupe, CA. “Apio’s revamped Hanover operations allow us to enhance our service platform in the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada by delivering tasty, easy-to-prepare fresh vegetable products to retailers’ shelves faster than ever — and giving their customers more good reasons to visit the packaged salad aisles.”

Apio’s Eat Smart brand includes nine gourmet vegetable salad kits, each of which contains five to eight superfoods, which are nutrient-rich foods considered part of a healthy, balanced diet. The popular chef-inspired vegetable salad kits give consumers numerous quick and delicious ways to eat healthy every day. Newest to the line are the Strawberry Harvest Salad, the Sunflower Kale Salad and the Asian Sesame Salad.

“Through our complete line of fresh produce products , Apio delivers unique value to retailers and consumers,” said Byerly. “The new production capabilities in the East enable retailers to increase their sales by satisfying their customers’ growing demands for nutritious dining choices that also deliver flavor variety and convenience .”

The Eat Smart vegetable salads are available in nine- to 12-ounce retail sizes or 16- to 32-ounce family sizes, depending on location. Eat Smart products are available in over more than 100 club and retail chains in the United States and Canada.

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Port of Savannah’s role strengthened by new PortFresh Logistics facility

The opening of PortFresh Logistics during the early fourth quarter of 2016 will strengthen the role the Port of Savannah in Georgia will play as an entry point for fresh produce originating in South America.

PortFresh Logistics is constructing a 100,000-square-foot cold-treatment facility dedicated to perishable cargoes.

“Our services will include cold storage, drayage, inspection — both USDA and in-house — full repacking and regarding capability, pre-cooling, import and export cross dock, on-site U.S. customs stations, third-party food certification, organic handling certification, grower services including sales, inspection and logistics, regional LTL services, fumigation services in partnership with Royal Fumigation, CTPAT and more,” Todd Huber, the company’s vice president of operations, told The Produce News.

PortFreshLogisticsPortFresh Logistics plans to open its new facility in the early third quarter of the year. The 100,000-square-foot cold-treatment facility will provide customers with a variety of services for perishable cargoes. Working with the Port of Savannah in Georgia, the facility is expected to create an additional entry point for fresh produce originating in South America. Photo courtesy of PortFresh Logistics.“Perishable foods are an important growth sector for the Georgia Ports Authority,” said Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Port Authority.

PortFresh Logistics will create 40 new jobs upon its opening. That number is expected to increase to 75 full-time jobs by the fourth year of operation. The company will be led by Chief Executive Officer Brian Kastick and President Rebecca George.

Kastick provided some analysis of the role PortFresh Logistics will play to facilitate the distribution of perishables in the Southeast Corridor. “Currently, more than 90 percent of imported fruits and vegetables entering the U.S. East Coast arrive via Northeast ports,” he said. “That means cargo headed to the Southeast must be trucked down, adding time and expense to the logistics supply chain.

“Using the Port of Savannah offers significant time and money savings per container for areas throughout the Southeast region,” Kastick continued. “We believe the growing population of the U.S. Southeast, government policy changes and perishable industry consolidation will break open significant pent-up demand for the new perishable supply chain gateway built around the Port of Savannah.”

The PortFresh’s state-of-the-art facility will be situated on 20 acres of a 182-acre site specifically designed to allow multiple climate zones. Both import and export cargo will be handled. The facility is located on I-16 on Old River Road, seven miles from I-95 and 15 miles from the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal.

“Savannah is the fourth largest port in the U.S., with the Garden City Terminal being the largest single-terminal container operation,” Huber said. “The proximity of both PortFresh and Garden City to I-95 and I-16 allows for fast terminal truck turnaround. Combining that with lower fees and drayage costs will make this an ideal marriage for importing perishable cargo into the Port of Savannah. On the outbound side, Savannah has an ideal distribution footprint. The proximity to South and Midwest hubs that supply over 40 percent of U.S. consumers is reached better through the Port of Savannah than any major port along the East Coast.”

Huber added that domestic shippers will be able to realize advantages by utilizing the company’s storage and repacking services. “Also, CSX and Norfolk Southern both offer rail service to Garden City Terminal allowing our western U.S. shippers to come East at very competitive rates,” he said.

Huber said PortFresh Logistics will raise the bar on customer service. “Our hours of operation will revolve around customer satisfaction,” he said. “Our customers drive our business. They entrust their product to us. We will do everything possible to satisfy their needs and continually grow that trust.”

Negotiations to bring the project to fruition occurred over a three-year period. A grant from OneGeorgia Equity helped PortFresh defray infrastructure costs for water and sewer lines to the site.

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Red Sun Farms cuts ribbon at new Virginia facility

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Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of its newest state-of-the-art greenhouse in Dublin, VA, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the facility.

Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who participated in the ribbon cutting and celebrated alongside Red Sun Farms’ ownership and team members.

The event that celebrated the beauty of the greenhouse and featured a gastronomic adventure made from Red Sun Farms’ greenhouse-grown vegetables. Attendees feasted on shallot red pepper tarte tatins, BLT scallops, grilled shrimp with tomato Brava sauce, fried green tomato BLT’s and an heirloom tomato carving station complete with a variety of cheeses and finishing salts from around the globe.

“I was so pleased with the event, it was wonderful to share this proud moment with the community of Dublin and the New River Valley, our retail partners and state officials,” Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer of Red Sun Farms, said in a press release. “Not only were we able to celebrate with our friends and partners, it was the perfect opportunity for guests to taste our produce grown in Virginia and grown in our greenhouse facilities in Canada and Mexico.”

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Red Sun Farms cuts ribbon at new Virginia facility

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Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of its newest state-of-the-art greenhouse in Dublin, VA, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the facility.

Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who participated in the ribbon cutting and celebrated alongside Red Sun Farms’ ownership and team members.

The event that celebrated the beauty of the greenhouse and featured a gastronomic adventure made from Red Sun Farms’ greenhouse-grown vegetables. Attendees feasted on shallot red pepper tarte tatins, BLT scallops, grilled shrimp with tomato Brava sauce, fried green tomato BLT’s and an heirloom tomato carving station complete with a variety of cheeses and finishing salts from around the globe.

“I was so pleased with the event, it was wonderful to share this proud moment with the community of Dublin and the New River Valley, our retail partners and state officials,” Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer of Red Sun Farms, said in a press release. “Not only were we able to celebrate with our friends and partners, it was the perfect opportunity for guests to taste our produce grown in Virginia and grown in our greenhouse facilities in Canada and Mexico.”

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Red Sun Farms cuts ribbon at new Virginia facility

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Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of its newest state-of-the-art greenhouse in Dublin, VA, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the facility.

Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who participated in the ribbon cutting and celebrated alongside Red Sun Farms’ ownership and team members.

The event that celebrated the beauty of the greenhouse and featured a gastronomic adventure made from Red Sun Farms’ greenhouse-grown vegetables. Attendees feasted on shallot red pepper tarte tatins, BLT scallops, grilled shrimp with tomato Brava sauce, fried green tomato BLT’s and an heirloom tomato carving station complete with a variety of cheeses and finishing salts from around the globe.

“I was so pleased with the event, it was wonderful to share this proud moment with the community of Dublin and the New River Valley, our retail partners and state officials,” Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer of Red Sun Farms, said in a press release. “Not only were we able to celebrate with our friends and partners, it was the perfect opportunity for guests to taste our produce grown in Virginia and grown in our greenhouse facilities in Canada and Mexico.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Red Sun Farms cuts ribbon at new Virginia facility

redsun1

Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of its newest state-of-the-art greenhouse in Dublin, VA, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the facility.

Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who participated in the ribbon cutting and celebrated alongside Red Sun Farms’ ownership and team members.

The event that celebrated the beauty of the greenhouse and featured a gastronomic adventure made from Red Sun Farms’ greenhouse-grown vegetables. Attendees feasted on shallot red pepper tarte tatins, BLT scallops, grilled shrimp with tomato Brava sauce, fried green tomato BLT’s and an heirloom tomato carving station complete with a variety of cheeses and finishing salts from around the globe.

“I was so pleased with the event, it was wonderful to share this proud moment with the community of Dublin and the New River Valley, our retail partners and state officials,” Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer of Red Sun Farms, said in a press release. “Not only were we able to celebrate with our friends and partners, it was the perfect opportunity for guests to taste our produce grown in Virginia and grown in our greenhouse facilities in Canada and Mexico.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Red Sun Farms cuts ribbon at new Virginia facility

redsun1

Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of its newest state-of-the-art greenhouse in Dublin, VA, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the facility.

Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who participated in the ribbon cutting and celebrated alongside Red Sun Farms’ ownership and team members.

The event that celebrated the beauty of the greenhouse and featured a gastronomic adventure made from Red Sun Farms’ greenhouse-grown vegetables. Attendees feasted on shallot red pepper tarte tatins, BLT scallops, grilled shrimp with tomato Brava sauce, fried green tomato BLT’s and an heirloom tomato carving station complete with a variety of cheeses and finishing salts from around the globe.

“I was so pleased with the event, it was wonderful to share this proud moment with the community of Dublin and the New River Valley, our retail partners and state officials,” Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer of Red Sun Farms, said in a press release. “Not only were we able to celebrate with our friends and partners, it was the perfect opportunity for guests to taste our produce grown in Virginia and grown in our greenhouse facilities in Canada and Mexico.”

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Del Monte Fresh opens fresh-cut facility in Toronto

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, which opened in January, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh-cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The facility services the Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa metropolitan areas with fresh produce.

Del Monte has distributed product in Canada for some time, however this new facility has given the company the opportunity to offer Canadian retailers, foodservice operators and consumers a much more diverse line of fresh products, including the ability to offer fresh-cut and ripened produce.delmonDel Monte Fresh’s Toronto distribution center and fresh-cut facility. The 108,000-square-foot distribution center includes the new fresh-cut operation, significant refrigerated cooler space and 15 pressurized banana rooms with the capacity to grow significantly over the next several years.

Del Monte’s first Canadian fresh-cut facility was recently inspected and certified by the CFIA and officially started production in mid-November. The facility offers a full line of ready-to-eat, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and will also be able to produce and market Del Monte’s new line of Del Café ready-to-eat fresh salads and snacks with protein. The operation has state-of-the art automation and equipment, as well as a test kitchen for the ability to continuously focus on developing new and innovative products.

“Canada is an important market for us and our investment in this facility in Toronto is a testament to our commitment to the country, our retail partners and Canadian consumers,” Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing-North America for Coral Gables, FL-based Del Monte Fresh, said in a press release. “While we have been able to offer whole fruits such as pineapples, bananas, melons and avocados for many years, we are excited to expand our line in Canada to also offer fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This is a very successful category for us in the U.S. and we are looking forward to helping it grow further in this market.”

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Del Monte Fresh opens fresh-cut facility in Toronto

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, which opened in January, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh-cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The facility services the Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa metropolitan areas with fresh produce.

Del Monte has distributed product in Canada for some time, however this new facility has given the company the opportunity to offer Canadian retailers, foodservice operators and consumers a much more diverse line of fresh products, including the ability to offer fresh-cut and ripened produce.delmonDel Monte Fresh’s Toronto distribution center and fresh-cut facility. The 108,000-square-foot distribution center includes the new fresh-cut operation, significant refrigerated cooler space and 15 pressurized banana rooms with the capacity to grow significantly over the next several years.

Del Monte’s first Canadian fresh-cut facility was recently inspected and certified by the CFIA and officially started production in mid-November. The facility offers a full line of ready-to-eat, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and will also be able to produce and market Del Monte’s new line of Del Café ready-to-eat fresh salads and snacks with protein. The operation has state-of-the art automation and equipment, as well as a test kitchen for the ability to continuously focus on developing new and innovative products.

“Canada is an important market for us and our investment in this facility in Toronto is a testament to our commitment to the country, our retail partners and Canadian consumers,” Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing-North America for Coral Gables, FL-based Del Monte Fresh, said in a press release. “While we have been able to offer whole fruits such as pineapples, bananas, melons and avocados for many years, we are excited to expand our line in Canada to also offer fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This is a very successful category for us in the U.S. and we are looking forward to helping it grow further in this market.”

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Tasteful Selections to open new facility in November

In just five years, Tasteful Selections, a specialty potato brand from Bakersfield, CA-based RPE, has grown so much that it is now expanding from its original location to a bigger facility.

The new Tasteful Selections facility in Bakersfield is expected to open around the end of November, just in time to handle the holiday rush and increased volume. The 200,000-square-foot facility is completely dedicated to grading and packaging Tasteful Selections specialty potatoes. Not only will the new facility increase production capacity from eight packaging lines to 12, but it will double the capacity for washing potatoes.

Additionally, the new facility will have more shipping docks and improved refrigeration and storage using European-style storage bins. Water processes have also been redesigned so that all water used in the facility is reused either for washing more potatoes or is applied to nearby farmland.

“The brand new facility will help us give our customers and consumers the best possible experience with our potatoes,” said Russell Wysocki, president and chief executive officer of RPE. “With the added production area, we’re ready to help customers meet whatever consumer demand for specialty potatoes there is.”

The new, fully automated Tasteful Selections facility will improve workflow, as well as the overall quality and shelf life of potatoes for customers, which will ultimately create a better experience for consumers, according to the company press release.

“The amount of success we have experienced with Tasteful Selections is unprecedented,” explained Wysocki. “Because of the constantly increasing consumer demand, the new expanded facility in Bakersfield was needed to help us meet the needs and fill the orders of all our customers. Tasteful Selections has provided 50 percent incremental growth for our customers and we are committed to meeting their needs.”

The newest addition to the Tasteful Selections line, organic baby potatoes, will be officially unveiled in the New Product Showcase at PMA Fresh Summit, Oct. 17-19 in Anaheim, CA.

Tasteful Selections LLC is a joint venture of RPE, CSS Farms and Plover River Farms Alliance Inc. It is a vertically integrated grower, shipper and marketer of premium specialty potatoes.

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FDA Warning Letters: Massachusetts Seafood-Processing Facility

A seafood-processing facility in Gloucester, MA, found with “significant violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation was warned Sept. 26 about corrections that it must make to avoid further action by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In the FDA warning letter, Intershell International Corp. was told that its pasteurized canned crabmeat is adulterated because of the “noted violations.”

Among these were not having conducted a hazard analysis and not having a HACCP plan adequate for controlling the food-safety hazard of Clostridium botulinum toxin formation, the agency stated.

Further, FDA advised the seafood processor that it must implement the monitoring procedures and frequency that are necessary to control the botulism toxin.

In addition, the agency stated that the seafood processor must address inadequate record-keeping of continuous temperature-monitoring devices.

FDA also found that the seafood processing facility’s corrective action plan for “refrigerated pasteurized canned crabmeat is not appropriate.”

“Specifically, your corrective action plan does not include procedures to bring affected products back under temperature control or procedures to investigate the root cause of the deviation to ensure control of the process,” the warning letter from FDA’s New England District stated.

The warning letter followed Aug. 22, 25 and 29 inspections of the Gloucester facility by FDA. Inspection findings, including FDA form 483, were provided to the company on Aug. 29, and it responded back on Sept. 9. FDA requested a response to the warning letter be returned within 15 working days.

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To-Jo increases production, completes facility expansion

To-Jo Mushrooms Inc., a family-owned-and-operated grower-shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms based in Avondale, PA, has recently expanded its farm production through the securing of an additional 200,000 square feet of mushroom-growing capacity. These new growing beds will be dedicated to both white and brown mushroom production and will enable To-Jo to harvest an additional 8 million pounds of product annually to better serve its customer base.

The increase in production coincides with the completion of an 8,000 square foot expansion of its Avondale headquarters that includes a new state-of-the-art fresh mushroom receiving area, additional cold-storage capacity and a new pre-cleaned mushroom processing area.

The expansion is in line with the company’s strategic vision, and will enable To-Jo to keep pace with the growing demand for mushrooms in both the foodservice and retail divisions of its business.

“By continuously improving our facilities and increasing our production capacity for our customers we will ensure that only the freshest, highest-quality products will be delivered out from our facilities on a daily basis,” To-Jo President Tony D’Amico said in a press release. “These improvements will help keep To-Jo at the forefront of an ever-expanding mushroom category.”

To-Jo services and collaborates with many of the larger retailers, restaurant chains and foodservice distributors across the country. The company distributes its full line of fresh mushrooms through its company-owned fleet of vehicles and offers its value-added lines of products nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.

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To-Jo increases production, completes facility expansion

To-Jo Mushrooms Inc., a family-owned-and-operated grower-shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms based in Avondale, PA, has recently expanded its farm production through the securing of an additional 200,000 square feet of mushroom-growing capacity. These new growing beds will be dedicated to both white and brown mushroom production and will enable To-Jo to harvest an additional 8 million pounds of product annually to better serve its customer base.

The increase in production coincides with the completion of an 8,000 square foot expansion of its Avondale headquarters that includes a new state-of-the-art fresh mushroom receiving area, additional cold-storage capacity and a new pre-cleaned mushroom processing area.

The expansion is in line with the company’s strategic vision, and will enable To-Jo to keep pace with the growing demand for mushrooms in both the foodservice and retail divisions of its business.

“By continuously improving our facilities and increasing our production capacity for our customers we will ensure that only the freshest, highest-quality products will be delivered out from our facilities on a daily basis,” To-Jo President Tony D’Amico said in a press release. “These improvements will help keep To-Jo at the forefront of an ever-expanding mushroom category.”

To-Jo services and collaborates with many of the larger retailers, restaurant chains and foodservice distributors across the country. The company distributes its full line of fresh mushrooms through its company-owned fleet of vehicles and offers its value-added lines of products nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.

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Walmart opens click-and-collect facility

Wal-Mart Stores on Monday began fulfilling same-day Internet grocery orders at a drive-up Grocery Pickup facility in Northwest Arkansas.

The facility is the first “click-and-collect” center to be opened in the U.S. by Walmart, which refers to the facility as a “test.” (Here is a Walmart video about the Grocery Pickup.) Walmart’s United Kingdom-based sister company, Asda, operates several such facilities there.

The facility carries nearly 10,000 SKUs including fresh meat, dairy, produce and common household items. Customers ordering online or by mobile phone can schedule pickup in as little as two hours or up to three weeks after the order is placed, Walmart said. Customers arriving for pickup enter their order information at a drive-up kiosk and wait as Walmart workers deliver the order to their cars.



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Gallery: Walmart opens click-and-collect facility

Wal-Mart Stores on Monday began fulfilling same-day Internet grocery orders at a drive-up Grocery Pickup facility in Northwest Arkansas.

The facility is the first “click-and-collect” center to be opened in the U.S. by Walmart, which refers to the facility as a “test.”

Walmart’s United Kingdom-based sister company, Asda, operates several such facilities there.

The facility carries nearly 10,000 SKUs including fresh meat, dairy, produce and common household items. Customers ordering online or by mobile phone can schedule pickup in as little as two hours or up to three weeks after the order is placed, Walmart said. Customers arriving for pickup enter their order information at a drive-up kiosk and wait as Walmart workers deliver the order to their cars.

Captions by Julie Gallagher

Photos courtesy of Wal-Mart

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Facility Services Director at Publix Super Markets Lakeland, FL

The Director of Facilities Services is responsible for delivering premiere customer service to our 1,000-plus retail stores.  Keeping retail store equipment and building systems well maintained is crucial to our retail operations. 

The Director oversees a 350-person team that is responsible for annual spending that exceeds $ 375 million annually.  Scope of responsibility includes repair and maintenance, retail energy management, recycle and solid waste management, millwork production and equipment remanufacturing.  This position requires frequent travel to the four off-site divisional offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Miami and continual collaboration with other direct reports based at our corporate offices in Lakeland.

Responsible for driving results through the direction of a premier maintenance services organization, ensuring core functions are delivered efficiently, effectively, and economically. 

This includes:
· providing direction and oversight necessary to perform:
o retail store building and equipment maintenance
o effective call center operations to support effective dispatching to internal/external service providers
o shopping center maintenance and annual improvement projects
o rollouts associated with special projects in retail stores
o procurement of maintenance services and parts, production raw materials, and refrigeration installations
o contract and supplier management for more than 650 suppliers
o new store and remodel refrigeration construction installation
o execution of retail energy management, assuring best practices that reduce electricity cost
o corporate recycling and solid waste management
o millwork production, and
o equipment remanufacturing.  

· ensuring standardized evaluation processes to drive Publix retail remodel scope
· maintaining and developing a strong disaster preparedness plan to support emergency response for critical outages resulting from natural disasters, weather events, accidents, fires, etc. 
· routinely inspecting retail locations to ensure quality services to customers
· ensuring compliance with company, industry, trade, and safety standards, practices, and codes

Responsible for overseeing financial expenditures within the Facility Services organization. This includes:
· ensuring controls are in place and working to ensure effective, economical, and efficient practices
· establishing cost containment and reduction goals; defining methods to reach financial objectives

Responsible for directing the activities of 359 Facility Services associates. This includes:
· managing talent developing bench strength and creating opportunities for associates to grow
· communicating department expectations, objectives, and processes for all Facility Services associates

Responsible for planning strategy to contribute and align with company goals and Facilities Strategic Objectives. This includes:
· facilitating business planning, department strategy, and goal setting to enable continuous improvement and meet the challenges of our changing business environment
· developing Facility Services strategic initiatives to ensure operations are proactively adjusting to current strategies and altering as necessary

Required Qualifications
· Bachelor’s Degree in Business, or equivalent mixture of higher education and experience in the areas of Facilities – business development, strategic planning, production planning, and service operations management 
· Seven years combined experience in Facilities management- involved in business development, strategic planning, production planning, and service operations management, with five years management experience leading others
· Knowledge of maintenance service delivery and repair industry best practices
· Knowledge of retail store operations
· Knowledge of refrigeration technology and energy management systems
· Knowledge of manufacturing and remanufacturing practices
· Knowledge of warehousing, inventory management, and delivery logistics
· Knowledge of maintenance practices and the disciplines of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic principles and theories and operations for all the equipment and systems
· Knowledge of state and local laws pertaining to construction, maintenance, refrigeration, and safety (OSHA)
· Knowledge of Strategic Planning and Execution
· Knowledge of financial analysis and accounting controls
· Knowledge of call center operations
· Knowledge of solid waste management
· Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate people
· Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts and negotiate
· Demonstrated ability to think analytically
· Strong decision making skills
· Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
· Willingness to work a variable schedule including overnight stays and long hours when emergencies arise
· Willingness to travel to stores, divisions, suppliers, and manufacturers.

Preferred Qualifications
· Master’s Degree in Business, with equivalent mixture of higher education and experience in the areas of Facilities – business development, strategic planning, production planning, and service operations management 
· Ten years experience in Facilities management – involved in business development, strategic planning, production planning, and service operations management, with seven years management experience leading others
· Knowledge of computer electronics and electrical control systems including programmable logic control systems (This also includes knowledge of electrical power distribution systems and high voltage equipment.)
· Knowledge of Publix store operations
· Knowledge of Publix culture, strategy, and organizational structure
· Knowledge of Publix Procurement, Supplier Management, and Budget processes
· Knowledge of Publix hiring and discharge processes
· Knowledge of SAP, CMMS systems

Location
   Lakeland, FL

Compensation
  Potential annual pay with bonus:  $ 104,130 – 156,585

Benefits
· Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost to them
· An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock, whose value has increased an average of 15.7% per year since 1959
· 401(k) retirement savings plan 
· Group health plan (with prescription benefits) 
· Group dental plan
· Group vision plan 
· Sick pay
· Long-term disability insurance
· Company-paid life insurance (with accidental death & dismemberment benefits) 
· Tuition reimbursement
· Vacation pay
· Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria 
· Paycheck direct deposit 
· Credit union
· Access to over 50 discount offers including discounts on computer, vehicle and wireless purchases
· 6 paid holidays (associates can exchange the following holidays with their manager’s approval: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day).

Click here to apply:
https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_publix/external/jobDetails.do?functionName=getJobDetail&jobPostId=26760&localeCode=en-us
 

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