In late August, Railex kicked off potato season with back-to-back meet and greet events in Washington State. The 2014 / 2015 Potato Season Kickoff Luncheons brought Railex together with Washington potato farmers, growers, shippers and packers to discuss supply chain trends and issues facing the industry, as well as what’s new in regard to Railex’s supply chain solutions.
The luncheons began at Anthony’s Restaurant in Richland, Washington on August 25th and continued across the state on August 26th at Max and Dale’s Steak and Chop House in Mount Vernon.
“It’s always great to get everyone together to talk things over and see how we can help,” said Thomas Talley, Railex’s Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager. “We’re hoping this is something we can do on an annual basis, especially considering how long we’ve worked with the potato industry to secure the cold chain and how quickly our temperature-controlled 3PL solutions are growing.”
Each year, Railex ships thousands of potatoes across the country. In fact, in 2013 alone, Railex carried 2,003 truckloads of potatoes from farm to final destination. Plus, with the recent opening of Railex’s Southeast facility in Jacksonville, Florida, there will be more opportunities than ever before for the potato industry with Railex.
Attendees included Washington potato industry heavyweights like the Basin Gold Cooperative, Blakal Packing, Inc., Easterday Farms Produce Company, Tri-Cities Produce, Wahluke Produce, Inc., the Washington State Potato Commission and the Washington Potato & Onion Association.
“We’re appreciative of everyone taking the time,” said Mr. Talley. “Now, it’s time to harvest and ship!”