Freshway Foods Associates to Earn Certificate in Food Systems Management
Partnership with Wright State University reflects company’s focus on food safety
SIDNEY, OHIO — February 26, 2014 — Freshway Foods announced today that key members of the company’s operations management will earn Certificates in Food Systems Management from Wright State University. Through a partnership with the university, the Freshway associates attend classes at the company’s headquarters in Sidney, Ohio, and at Wright State University’s Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio.
“We’ve had the opportunity to partner with Wright State and we see immediate and sustained benefits in the program. Freshway supported the development of the curriculum, sees tremendous value in it, and has integrated the program as part of our overall strategy. It’s a win-win situation that gives our leaders additional skills and provides a significant benefit to our organization and our customers,” said Tony Arnold, Director of Human Resources for Freshway Foods.
The program is part of the company’s overall goal of producing the highest quality produce in the industry. “We make these investments to protect the people who eat our food,” said Phil Gilardi, company President. “Our customers trust us to provide a fresh, wholesome, safe, healthy product, and these associates are learning practical skills they will put to use every day in making our quality products,” Gilardi added.
Students in the Food Science Program complete a balanced program of study, with courses ranging from Food Microbiology and Food Chemistry to Management topics such as Personnel Management, Business Finance, and Leadership. The courses are tailored to allow opportunities for Freshway employees to upgrade technical and leadership skills in their current jobs. Amy Marshall, a Zone Manager at Freshway Foods said, “I’m appreciative of the opportunity Freshway has provided me to take Food Science classes at Wright State. The online portion is conducted in a conference room at Freshway and the lab is at the WSU Lake Campus. The classes have been very practical, relevant to the industry, and provide great skills for career development.”