SELMA – When asked what helped draw their business to Selma, representatives with the new tree shaker company in town said it was the city’s proximity to their customers.
Pacific Distributing Inc. officially opened up its Selma shop with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25 hosted by the Selma District Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Board President Char Tucker welcomed the business and introduced Chamber members, City Council members, Selma Fire Department representatives and Raisin Festival Queen Sierra Shoemaker during the ceremony.
Pacific Distributing provides sales, service and parts for the Orchard-Rite tree shakers. Orchard-Rite also makes wind machines that are used around the globe to provide frost protection. They’re based in Yakima, Washington, and Daryl Hill founded the company in 1967. In California, they also have locations in the Chico, Modesto and Fresno areas. They also have offices around the globe.
“We make the machines that shake the trees,” service technician Jaime Alvarado said of the large machinery on display that morning. It’s one part of the harvesting process as farmers use sweepers and other equipment to finish bringing in the almond crop.
Area Parts and Services Coordinator John Wehner said they appreciated the warm reception that morning.
“We’re really looking forward to making a lot of positive business relationships with the businesses in Selma. It’s been really good so far.”
Orchard-Rite Division Manager Tim Price travelled from Yakima for the occasion.
“This location is a little bit more centrally located and gets us a little bit closer to where our customers are,” Price said as to their decision to open a shop there. “The availability of the properties, cost is a big issue and right now I’d have to say the community. There’s a really good community spirit here for sure.”
Look for their booth at World Ag Expo near H and Median streets at booths H21, H23, H25 and H27.
Here is some information on the company:
Name of business: Pacific Distributing Inc.
Location: 1029 Valley View Court, Selma.
Phone number: 237-3222
Hours of operation: They’re busier during harvest times of year, but their typical hours are 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Local manager's name: Area Parts and Services Coordinator John Wehner
When did the business open or when will it open?: A ribbon cutting was held Jan. 25.
Type of business: Sales, parts, service and support of Orchard-Rite tree shakers.
What do you specialize in? Farm equipment for nut harvesting.
Why did you decide to open a shop in town? Central location and closer to customers.
Any statement you’d like to make to your customers?: "We’ve had a lot of loyal customers. This is one of those things where it’s nice for us to come to a new shop. It’s built on that partnership we’ve had with them for the past 25 to 30 years. It’s a success for us and hopefully they’ll be able to share in that. We’re grateful to be here and keep working forward,” Wehner said.