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YAKIMA, WA -- Domex Superfresh Growers announced in mid-December that it has pledged $15,000 to the Produce Marketing Association's Foundation for Industry Talent.

This funding is used to build programs designed to attract, develop and retain talent for the produce supply chain. Programs include internships, career ambassadors program, job bank, career resource center, event scholarships, leadership development opportunities and HR resources

PMA FIT is supported by contributions from companies which operate in all segments of the global produce supply chain. The foundation launched a 22- month campaign, Our Industry & Our People, in June 2007 to build a quasi- endowment of $5 million to $6 million. This industrywide effort was initiated to educate bright, young talent about careers in produce, to support the health of the industry by developing competent, skilled people adequately prepared for future leadership, and to provide assistance to produce companies which want to create strong corporate cultures that encourage employee retention.

"We are grateful for the support PMA gives our industry and are fortunate to play a part in supporting the FIT program. This program will be a great benefit to Domex Superfresh Growers and the industry as we continue to grow," Robert Kershaw, president of Domex Superfresh Growers, said in a Dec. 15 press release.

"We are honored to be associated with organizations of Domex Superfresh Growers' caliber," Cindy Seel, executive director of PMA FIT, added in the release. "Gifts such as this go far in making a difference to the future of the produce industry's talent pool."