Capital City loses longtime employees

In November, Dale Miller, a longtime employee in the maintenance department of Norwalk, Iowa-based Capital City Fruit Inc., died, said Brendan Comito, chief operating officer.

In January, another longtime employee, Larry Welker, retired as facility manager. Welker had worked at Capital City for about 30 years, Comito said.

He was succeeded by Karl Dilks, who worked for a local Target and a landscaping company before joining Capital City.

Last September, Capital City hired Elizabeth Doerrfeld to be its customer retention manager, a new position, Comito said.

The company’s most recent hire is Pete Simonson, who joins the tomato sales desk, Brendan Comito said.

Simonson worked for seven years as the warehouse manager of Four Seasons, Capital City’s fundraising arm.

Keith Connell Inc. tournament raises funds

The annual Jim Connell Memorial Golf Tournament for the Community of the Good Shepherd raised about $63,000 on June 3, and it’s primed to surpass the $1 million mark overall next year, said Keith Connell, president of Stilwell, Kan.-based broker Keith Connell Inc.

The tournament is in honor of Keith’s father, Jim, who died in 2006. Jim worked for The Packer for 41 years, spending six years as its publisher.

Proceeds go to The Community of the Good Shepherd, a home for developmentally disabled men. The event was at Shamrock Hills Golf Club in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Loffredo Fresh Produce adds sales director

Des Moines, Iowa-based Loffredo Fresh Produce has promoted longtime executive Steve Winders to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

Winders has worked at Loffredo Fresh Produce for about 18 years. He started as a salesman and served 17 years as foodservice sales director.

As chief operating officer, Winders is more focused on operations, he said.

Gene Loffredo, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said that as he has become more involved in his role with the Pro*Act consortium of distributors, he has had less time for the daily management of Loffredo Fresh Produce.

Winders was replaced as sales director by Bill Day, a veteran of several Des Moines-based produce companies.

Loffredo also moved its Madison, Wis., distribution center. The company remodeled an existing building, which provides 30,000 square feet, up from about 17,000 square feet at its old facility.  Loffredo moved into the space July 15.

Sysco Kansas City adds produce marketer role

Olathe, Kan.-based foodservice supplier Sysco Kansas City has promoted Pat Cipolla to the newly created position of director of produce marketing.

Cipolla, who has worked at Sysco Kansas City for more than two decades, said he started his new job the week of Aug. 22. Before that, he was the company’s director of produce operations.

Cipolla will oversee the training of the company’s marketing associates and meet with customers, among other tasks.

By Markets Editor Andy Nelson and The Packer staff