The tomato giant plans to have its Scranton, Pa., tomato repacking operation running in its new 110,000-square-foot building by Aug. 7 and move its produce distribution operations in the week of Aug. 14, said Paul Holmes, general manager of DiMare’s Scranton operation.

DiMare has been distributing its full line of produce 30 miles away from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where it moved after a 2003 fire damaged its Scranton building. The fire didn’t harm DiMare’s tomato repacking equipment.

The change will make for better efficiencies, Holmes said.

The operation will have 90,000 square feet of refrigeration in several temperature zones and will triple the operation’s previous tomato packing capacity. It will replace a 22-year-old building the grower-shipper-distributor was using.

Like its Houston distribution center, the Scranton operation handles 600 stock-keeping units. The two plants are the only DiMare operations that carry a full line of produce.

DiMare began operating out of a building formerly owned by Fresh America Corp., Dallas, which it acquired when it bought certain assets from the defunct produce distributor in 2003.

Tomatoes, which will occupy a third of the facility that also handles a full line of produce, will be matured in two ripening rooms and will be packed with automatic tomato repacking equipment.

DiMare has been distributing the full line from Scranton since 2003.

DiMare plans to move most of the product handled by its Boston wholesaling operation, DiMare Bros. Inc./New England Farms, Chelsea, Mass., to Scranton.

Holmes said he wasn’t sure if DiMare planned to give up some of its market spots. He said DiMare may keep one as a sales entity. Charles Dolan, a DiMare principal, will run the New England-area sales, Holmes said.

The warehouse will have a 160-truckload daily capacity, Holmes said. It has received a superior food safety certification from American Institute of Baking, Manhattan, Kan.

Located 120 miles from New York City and Philadelphia, the plant will serve the DiMare’s Northeastern retail, foodservice and wholesale customers, Holmes said.

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