Strella moves headquarters to Washington state
Strella, developer of proprietary sensors designed to reduce food waste and improve quality, is moving its headquarters and 15 employees to Washington state from Philadelphia, according to a news release.
“Apple and pear growers go through a lot of trouble to bring high-quality fruit to consumers in the most efficient way possible,” said Katherine Sizov, CEO and co-founder of Strella. “However, unlike manufactured foods, there is no accurate expiration date, which makes optimizing inventory a challenge across the entire supply chain. Thanks to our incredible investors and because of a great need for our technology, we have decided to move our company to Washington state to support growers with an end-to-end solution.”
Strella’s technology measures fruit maturity in controlled atmosphere storage, providing apple and pear packers with a real-time decision-making tool to optimize room-open timing. In 2022, Strella closed a funding round totaling $8 million, led by Millennium New Horizons with participation from Google Ventures and Rich Products Ventures and joined by existing investors Mark Cuban, Yamaha Motor Ventures, Catapult Ventures and Union Labs.
For more information, go to: www.strellabiotech.com.
Todd Strampher joins Brandt’s sales team
Brandt’s Fruit Trees recently announced the addition of Todd Strampher to its staff as sales administrator, according to a news release. Strampher, who joined Brandt’s on Nov. 1 last year, worked for 41 years at C&O Nursery, where he held roles in sales, customer service and inventory control. As a grower consultant, he specialized in the design and establishment of high-density orchard systems.
“Brandt’s Fruit Trees has always worked hard to offer new and innovative fruit varieties from top breeding programs all over the world through our relationships with the Associated International Group of Nurseries and Northwest Nursery Improvement Institute,” said Tyler Brandt, general manager. “Todd’s skills in fruit evaluation and knowledge of how to navigate the plant patent process and commercialization of new fruit varieties makes him a great fit for our staff and our goals as a company.”
For more information, go to: brandtsfruittrees.com.
The Dramm Corp. moves into new headquarters
The Dramm Corp. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 16 to celebrate the completion of its new corporate headquarters and production facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, according to a news release.
“We’re appreciative to everyone for the huge group effort that it was,” said Heidi Dramm Becker, executive vice president.
The new 98,000-square-foot building, located in the Manitowoc Industrial Park, increases Dramm’s warehouse and office space, with the ability to expand in the future. Features of the new facility include: building frame materials that contain up to 74 percent recycled contents, and the building itself can be completely disassembled and recycled; carpeting that is made from recycled fibers and has a zero-carbon footprint; six electric vehicle charging stations; installation of 26 solar panels, saving 90 percent of Dramm’s annual energy needs; and a pond with natural wildflower and pollinator-friendly plants. Construction on a 2,400-square-foot research greenhouse will begin this spring. The Dramm Corp., started in 1941, offers products and services in four areas: commercial greenhouse equipment, retail gardening products, Drammatic organic fertilizer and DRAMMwater for greenhouse water treatment systems.
For more information, go to: dramm.com.