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Coast Produce growing in second season in Nogales

Coast Produce Co. Inc. moved into a new refrigerated facility in Nogales for the last Mexican winter deal. Jerry Wagner, general manager of the firm, is very positive about the subsequent progress.

Coast-warehouseIn the Nogales warehouse of Coast Produce Co. Inc. are Jerry Wagner, general manager, Alex Sihas, operations manager, Josias Espinoza, dispatch manager, and Chris Alvarez, warehouse foreman.He indicated to The Produce News on Jan. 29, “We have one season under our belt and we’re well into this season. Start-ups are always challenging, and we had a few hiccups but we’re on a good path with additional growth this season.”

Coast Produce is a third-party logistics company, so growth comes from “whatever our customers bring to the table.” This means the firm’s growth “is not commodity-specific,” he said.

In its warehouse operations, Coast expanded its cold storage by 37 percent in the fall. “Our numbers are up this season as we continue to have new customers utilize our services and we experience internal growth within our company’s sales departments. We have been very fortunate, very busy and appreciate the customers who are utilizing our services.”

Wagner praises his “great management team,” which involves Alex Sihas, who in September joined the firm as director of operations. Sihas oversees all activity for Coast. Josias Espinosa joined the firm last spring and is now dispatch manager. Chris Alvarez came to the team in the fall as head of quality control and food safety. Alvarez has since moved into the position of warehouse manager.

Coast has planned for months to be prepared for upcoming required Mexican tomato inspections. These will begin, per U.S. Department of Commerce edict, on April 1.

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