Expansion nearly triples warehouse for Peirone Produce
by Lora Abcarian | April 29, 2010
Peirone Produce Co., headquartered in Spokane, WA, has expanded its
storage capabilities with the opening of its new 77,000-square-foot, state-
of-the-art warehouse facility.
The company, created by Joe Peirone in 1945, has been a wholly owned
subsidiary of URM Stores Inc. since 1986. The new facility nearly triples
available warehouse space.
The company operated from its previous location for 45 years. "We did not
have the capacity to change or enlarge that building," President and Chief
Executive Officer Pat Davidson told The Produce News. "We wanted to grow
the business and needed more physical space." Peirone Produce employs 120
full-time people and operates from 6 a.m. to midnight.
"We cover a big area," Mr. Davidson said. Peirone Produce primarily services
retail outlets in eastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, northern Idaho
and western Montana. "We handle everything you would see in a grocery
store," he said.
Commodities are sourced globally. Looking to the Pacific Northwest, Mr.
Davidson said, "Basically, we handle anything grown for the fresh market."
The list includes potatoes, onions, cherries, peaches and carrots.
"We receive on one side [of the warehouse] and ship on the other," Mr.
Davidson said. "The cold chain is never broken from the time of receiving to
the time of loading. Inbound, we have a fleet of trucks up and down the West
Coast." Commodities in this region are sourced from California, Arizona,
Washington and Texas.
"We are unique as a company," he continued. "We are a very large long-haul
company. We haul 80 percent of our own product."
The company has a separate fleet of trucks that distributes directly to grocery
stores. Peirone Produce also backhauls commodities, maximizing logistics
The warehouse allows Peirone Produce to segregate commodities into four
different temperature-controlled environments, which allows the company to
achieve the optimum conditions for items such as citrus, apples and leaf veg.
"Everything is controlled and refrigerated in the environment it's supposed to
be in," he said. Additionally, Peirone Produce has nine Thermal Technology
tarpless pressurized banana ripening rooms.