(March 26) There’s a new boss at Sierra View Sales Inc., Fresno, Calif., where Jerry Sharton, a 7-year employee, has purchased the distributing company from owner J.D. Ward.

The purchase became effective Feb. 1. Sharton said he would continue to ship California tree fruit, cherries, grapes and apples. The company also ships Chilean fruit in winter, he said.

A former salesman at Sierra View, Jay Stover, has joined Fazio Marketing Inc. as salesman.

In making the move, Stover said he brought his California blueberry deal to Fazio, another Fresno firm. The company will ship blueberries under the Hoff Farms and Knapp Farms labels from May 15 to July 10, Stover said.