Pear packers back at work

A new partnership saves Southern Oregon Sales from closing its pear-packing operation.

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On the brink of shutting down, Southern Oregon Sales is back in action thanks to Cross Creek Trucking owner Mike DeSimone, who bought the property for $2.3 million.

Diana Doran, general manager for the past six years, says she’s happy to see familiar faces working the line from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

“We’ve gone back to work with 50 to 60 percent of our old SOS packing crew,” Doran says. “I think they were all very surprised and very pleased. It’s not easy to get a job right now and a lot of the packers have tapered off over the past 10 to 12 years. I don’t know if Naumes, Associated Fruit or (Harry & David) could have picked them up. This is a job they are experienced at and it’s a positive thing for the pear industry and the agricultural industry in Southern Oregon.”

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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