Oct 9, 2012Heeren Bros. Inc. moving to new $22 million facility in Alpine Township
Heeren Bros. Inc., the state’s largest family-owned wholesaler, marketer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables, announced today it will build and move to a new $22 million facility in Alpine Township.
The new 170,000-square foot facility at 1055 7 Mile Road will be home to the company’s corporate headquarters, warehouse and distribution center, and apple storage and packing facility with new apple grading and packing lines.
Heeren Bros. will be leaving its traditional base in the wholesale food market at 1063 Hall Street SW and moving out of a packing and storage facility at on Six Mile Road NW, said CEO Hal Roy. A third facility near Belding will not be affected, he said.
Through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, Heeren manages more than 1,500 acres of orchards, represents more than 75 Michigan grower operations and packs and sells more than 20 percent of all fresh apples grown in Michigan.
Roy said the decision to consolidate its operations was not affected by this year’s apple crop, most of which was wiped out by frost in late April. Mlive
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