Multiple Organics is proud to announce that it has moved its headquarters and opened its first owned warehouse facility in Hercules, Calif., on Dec. 28, 2012. Concurrently, Multiple Organics has added Jim Hoover and Ben Greenspan to its Board of Directors.
The Hercules warehouse facility, or MOBA (Multiple Organics Bay Area warehouse), is a $6 million investment that will allow warehousing capacity for two and a half times the Company's current product inventory level. It has been designed and constructed as a state of the art, secure, food storage and handling facility incorporating elements of Multiple Organics' MOST™ (Multiple Organics Safety & Testing) food specifications.
MOBA is strategically located minutes from the Interstate 80 corridor with easy access points. It is designed to reduce trucking costs and emissions. MOBA is a Class A building in a Class A commercial park area.
Multiple Organics looked at a number of ways to improve energy efficiency and use environmentally friendly materials in the build-out of MOBA, including green materials furniture and high efficiency lights on the entire building from the rack rows to the motion detection lightning with auto shut-off. Multiple Organics used earth friendly products for the construction items such as floor adhesives and paints, the coolers outfitted with a state of the art condenser system that reduces energy consumption by over 40 percent, and implemented an air exchange system that will provide positive pressure to the warehouse and keep ambient temperatures down on hot days by circulating air through louvered vent systems. It is anticipated that a highly-efficient roof-mounted solar electric plant will power MOBA.
The Hercules facility gives Multiple Organics substantially greater product control as part of its ongoing MOST food safety program, a rigorous safety and testing program that covers the entire food supply chain, reaching out to farms around the world to ensure that the organic products Multiple Organics sources for its customers are the safest and of the highest quality available.
Multiple Organics is also honored to announce its new additions to the Board of Directors: Jim Hoover and Ben Greenspan. Jim Hoover has over 20 years of experience in the organic food industry, including the largest organic and natural foods distributor in the U.S. United Natural Foods (UNFI), where he oversaw all bulk commodity purchasing activities nationally. After nine years at UNFI, he accepted a position with Multiple Organics in 2010 as director of global sourcing. Jim is an integral part of the MO team and essential to their MOST food safety program.
Ben Greenspan has been engaged in the active practice of law since 1981 in both large firm and solo practice settings. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and its Boalt Hall School of Law. His practice has historically focused on general corporate law, private equity (U.S. and China) venture capital, banking, technology law and most recently, food law. He has also been a director of numerous technology and service businesses and regularly advises clients on matters of corporate governance and risk management. He has advised Multiple Organics since its inception and joined the company as its general counsel in January 2012.