New CEO, big changes at ScanTech Sciences
ScanTech Sciences Inc. announced completion of two critical milestones toward opening its first Electronic Cold-Pasteurization food treatment center in McAllen, TX. The company has appointed Dwayne House as CEO, and it has selected managed labor services provider Freight Handlers Inc. to help staff and operate the ECP facility.
ECP is a clean alternative to post-harvest treatments such as methyl bromide or hot water treatment, and results in pest sterilization, pathogen reduction, and shelf-life extension. Under the leadership of House, ScanTech Sciences will further its mission to improve produce quality and safety, helping the entire food chain deliver fresher, higher quality fruits and vegetables.
“With over 25 years of international transactional and operational experience, Dwayne is the perfect fit for leading ScanTech through a pivotal time as we staff up to become fully operational in McAllen and implement our expansion strategy with additional locations,” said Dolan Falconer, ScanTech Sciences co-founder and chairman of the board.
“I’m honored to be selected to guide ScanTech Sciences as we deliver a far superior option for food treatment to the industry,” said House. “Our team will be ready to help growers, wholesalers and retailers provide consumers with higher quality and safer produce.”
The McAllen facility will treat produce travelling to and from the United States and Mexico. Partnering with FHI, ScanTech Sciences will provide its advanced ECP treatment as part of an integrated program that includes logistics services such as expediting border crossing and USDA processes, product traceability, and smart palletizing along with information services such as document management and shipment visibility.
“We are excited to partner with ScanTech Sciences to introduce a new era in food pasteurization and integrated logistics services,” said Reid Durst, president and COO of FHI. “Our teams are working together closely to prepare for the opening of ScanTech’s McAllen food treatment facility early next year.”
The ScanTech Sciences facility brings more than 175 jobs to the Rio Grande Valley with open positions in the McAllen facility, including areas of maintenance, process operators, engineers, food safety, warehouse positions, and administrateive positions. ScanTech Sciences and FHI will host a job fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center.