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Ryeco continues to add staff members to keep pace with business

Ryeco LLC was among the first companies that moved from the previous Philadelphia terminal produce market to the new cutting edge Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market on Essington Avenue on June 5, 2011. It began with one unit at the old market, and the company now has seven units at PWPM.

Company President Mike Reilly Jr. said it recently hired a new sales representative.

“Jeff Paglione has joined us in the sales department and fruit buyer,” said Reilly. “And we plan to bring on two more sales reps by the end of this year.”

About two years ago Filindo Colace joined the company as vice president of operations. Colace is a highly experience produce professional.

“Other staff members who have joined us in the past couple of years include Thomas Colaci,” said Reilly. “He has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Hiring him is one of best things we have done. Thomas has the highest work ethic, and he always has a positive attitude in every aspect.”

Also added to the staff in the past couple of years is David Buyer, who was promoted to daytime sales representative last year. Reilly noted that he too is doing an outstanding job. Stephen Levchenco, also in sales, has also joined the team.

Adding to the list of Ryeco’s staff are night salesman Butch Storey, and Brian Beckmann, a day salesman. Beckmann has well over 20 years of experience in the produce industry. Reilly attributes the company’s growth also to Joe Rossi, a buyer and sales representative for the company.

James (DC) Cottrell has worked for Ryeco for over 20 years. He too serves as night salesman.

“We enjoy great longevity with our staff,” said Reilly. “Some of our team members have been with us since we started in business, and many of our shippers and customers have also been with us since we began. We are extremely proud and consider this a great accomplishment.

“Our goal and intension is to continue to service all of our partners in the best possible way.”

Reilly also noted that the company is enjoying a continual boost in sales of its Marathon mango program.

“We started this program when we took occupancy at PWPM,” he said. “Retailers are our primary customers for this mango, and demand increases continually. We are becoming a better mango house with every passing year.”

Ryeco’s customers are a mix of retailers, purveyors, foodservice operators and industrial organizations.

As the PWPM nears its sixth year in business, Reilly said it’s a great place to do business.

“We continue to enjoy and to benefit from all it has to offer,” he said. “Business has increased with the majors because this facility is extremely clean, safe and secure. Overall, we’re very happy here.”

Ryeco continues to do a strong business with California vegetables and tomatoes.

“The key is having fresh product every day, and our customers know that they can rely on us every day of the year for the highest quality, freshest produce and the best possible service,” stressed Reilly.