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Mann Packing bolsters staff with three new hires

Mann Packing announced the hiring of Tim Short, Jim Rodger and Josh Campo to the positions of senior director of strategic vegetable operations, safety supervisor and crop production manager, respectively.

Short will be responsible for maintaining relationships and a flow of communication with grower communities, primarily in California and Arizona, and will also track developments and opportunities in Mexico with Mann’s director of international supply chain. In addition, Short will pursue further sourcing and production resources, focusing on the Southeast. Most recently, he worked at Misionero Vegetables as GM of field operations. In that role, he was responsible for all growing and harvesting aspects of organic and conventional products. Previously, Short worked as director of leaf operations for Dole Fresh Vegetables.

Rodger joins Mann’s HR team as a safety supervisor. He comes to the company from Lyons Magnus, where he worked in a safety capacity. Rodger’s responsibilities extend to all of the company’s facilities, including affiliate sites. He will lead the supervision and development of training programs for employees on safety policies, procedures, and regulations. Rodger is a Navy veteran and has a bachelor's degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University. He also holds an Associate Safety Professional certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Campo joins Mann’s in the position of crop manager, sugar snap peas. In this role, he will coordinate growing activities, including, planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, grading and recordkeeping. He recently graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and environmental plant sciences. Campo has gained experience in GIS mapping, micro irrigation, scouting, sampling and related subsequent fertilization and pesticide applications. He hails from Patterson, CA.

“These additions are a sign of our continued growth as a company. The roles will allow us to refine our programs, create new initiatives and continue to demonstrate strong industry leadership in produce,” Lorri Koster, Mann’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “From industry veterans to recent college graduates, we are proud to bring these new members to the team.”