(June 4) Chelsea, Mass.-based Crown Jewels of New England LLC, the transportation division of Crown Jewels Marketing & Distribution LLC, Fresno, Calif., opened its first Western office in Reno, Nev.

Sam Freni, partner and vice president of operations, said Crown Jewels hired Pam Dotson and Mary Beth Larson to staff the new office. Dotson and Larson, both formerly with Riolo Transportation Inc., Visalia, Calif., have extensive experience with transportation operations in the West and Midwest, he said.

Reno is the third satellite office for Crown Jewels. It opened offices in Plant City, Fla., and McAllen, Texas, in November.