Freshway Foods announced today that Steve Collins has been named Vice President of Operations for Freshway Foods. In his new role, Collins will lead daily operations at the company’s production and distribution facility in Sidney, Ohio. Collins replaces Larry Schultz, who will be retiring in early 2016.
Collins joined Freshway Foods in 2014 as Project Manager. In that role, he championed strategic projects, including implementation of the Red Zone Continuous Improvement Progam. “Steve is a very strategic- and process-oriented leader and a great developer of people” says company president Devon Beer.
Collins has worked hand-in-hand with Schultz over the past year to prepare for this transition. “We have been executing this leadership conversion for a year now to ensure a seamless transition for our customers,” says Devon Beer. “Steve is committed to our values, mission and vision and is well-prepared for this new role,” Beer adds. “Our customers can expect the same level of commitment to deliver great products and services.”
Larry Schultz led the company’s operations for over a decade. “Under Larry’s leadership, our operations team has successfully integrated hundreds of additional SKU offerings and incorporated the latest technology to improve food safety and operational efficiency,” says Devon Beer. “This has allowed us to be very nimble in meeting the changing needs of our customers,” he adds. Schultz will continue to work on strategic projects for the company until he retires in early 2016.