Sergio Chamberlain, former sales and general manager of the Nogales, Ariz., office of Meyer LLC, has started his own company.
Chamberlain, a veteran of several Nogales-based produce shippers, has moved into an office and warehouse on Nogales’s Old Tucson Road and is doing business as SCC Fresh LLC. The company’s facility was previously used by Greenpoint Distributing LLC.
Chamberlain left Meyer on Sept. 22.
SCC Fresh plans to bring in peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables from Sinaloa and other Mexican states; and mangoes and melons from Jalisco and Colima, melons from Sonora and other tropical fruits from Mexico.
“Nogales is one of those areas where there are some niches to be filled,” Chamberlain said of his product roster.
In its first year of business, SCC Fresh expects to ship 1.5-2 million boxes of fruits and vegetables.
Chamberlain said his departure from King City, Calif.-based Meyer was amicable.
“I learned a lot from Mr. (Bob) Meyer. He’s an icon in the industry,” he said. “I had fulfilled the terms of my contract, and opening my own company has been one of my dreams since my first years in the produce industry.”
In mid-November, Jesse Driskill, president of the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, will leave the organization to become operations manager of Meyer’s Nogales office.
SCC Fresh currently consists of Chamberlain and a secretary, but as the business grows, Chamberlain intends to add more employees.
Before working for Meyer, Chamberlain worked for Chamberlain Distributing Inc., Amex Distributing Co. Inc., Bionova Produce Inc. and RB Packing Inc., all of Nogales.
Chamberlain’s was the latest of three recent departures from Meyer. Salesman Butch Bachelier left the company about three months ago and is now working for Nogales-based Ruby J Farms LLC. John Oliver, the company’s former quality control manager, who left about six months ago, is now working for Nogales-based Mex Produce Sales.