Pero Family Foods Co. grows in Benton Harbor Township

When Pero Family Farms Food Co. made the transition in 2015 from cold-storage distribution center to a fresh-cut-vegetable facility its sales grew. 

Now it is undertaking an 8,320-foot expansion of its facility at 2130 Yore Ave. in Benton Harbor Township. The expansion will allow Pero Family Farms to increase its production.

The company says it will be creating 74 new jobs over a three period and is able to retain 50 existing jobs, making them full time from seasonal.

Its expansion project is expected to begin in March and be completed by October of 2016. 

The company recently received a 12-year tax abatement for the expansion project from the Benton Charter Township Board of Trustees. 

Alfonso Chavez, General Manager, of Pero Family Farms Food Company’s facility in Michigan, and Cathy Tilley, Business Development Manager of Cornerstone Alliance, presented the project to the township March 1.

“We are delighted with the growth Pero Family Farms is experiencing,” says Tilley. The Cornerstone Alliance Business Development team has worked with Pero since 2015 as it converted its distribution center to a fresh cut vegetable facility.

Pero Family Farms Food Company, LLC, founded in 1908, is family-owned sales, marketing, and distribution company. It is part of the agricultural corporation headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, and has additional locations in Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. 

Source: Cornerstone Alliance