(July 3) STOCKTON, Calif. — Primavera Marketing Inc. has opened a Fresno office, which will be run by new salesman Jim Cousins.

Cousins most recently worked at Sunmet LLC, Del Rey, for 18 years before the company's closing.

The Primavera Marketing Fresno office was to open for business July 8, said Rich Sambado, domestic sales manger. The address is 8225 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93720.

Sambado said Cousins lives in the Fresno area and that is the primary reason for opening an office there. The hiring of Cousins is based on growth in the company, Sambado said. Cousins will assist Sambado in handling domestic sales.

Sambado said Cousins brings valuable experience to the company.

Along with the new office, Primavera Marketing has added square footage to its packing plant and has installed a new packing line. The line will help handle peak volume and allow the company to pack more varieties of fruit at one time.

Primavera Marketing’s biggest items are cherries and apples. It shipped 1.2 million cartons of cherries this spring and expects to ship 1.1 million cartons of apples this summer and fall.