Colorado Potato Shipper Completes Transition to iGPS Plastic Pallets

Plastic pallet provider iGPS announces Worley & McCullough conversion.

Worley & McCullough is a fifth generation grower-shipper located in Colorado’s San Luis Valley; it currently generates in excess of  1.5 million hundred-weight shipments in potatoes to retail outlets throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. With its conversion complete from a standard wooden pallet to iGPS Logistics plastic pallets, the grower-shipper is happy about the switch.

“As a company we are committed to promoting health, sustainability, family and our collective future – and by transitioning to the iGPS plastic pallets, we can ensure that we not only have the sturdier plastic pallet to handle distribution of our Colorado potatoes, but also a safer and more environmentally-friendly means of transporting them to our clients,” says Erin Cooper, Grower Relations/Food Safety Manager and daughter of Jim McCullough.

“We were very impressed by the fast reaction and total engagement offered by iGPS, which sent a senior operations person to our headquarters to review the process and to engage with all of us to get moving quickly on the transition to plastic pallets,” she adds.

Potato sales and marketing responsibilities for Worley & McCullough Inc. are handled by Idaho-based Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC, with most of the potatoes branded under the Wada Farms name and Dole, as well as several private labels.  A limited number are still shipped under the Worley & McCullough shipping label.

“We are very pleased to have Worley & McCullough as one of our foundation potato customer clients, not only because this is an emerging business category for iGPS, but also because their family is committed to sustainability efforts which makes them a natural partner for our organization,” states Jeff Liebesman, CEO of iGPS. The company stresses that its plastic pallets do not absorb pathogens or harmful bacteria, and are immune to insect contamination.

“We believe that using pesticides and chemicals on our potatoes should only be applied when necessary, and that all natural means of sustaining a beautiful and delicious crop should be used first,” continues Cooper. “Given the safety and cleanliness of plastic pallets, along with the ability to track and trace deliveries throughout the distribution system, made it easy to adopt the iGPS plastic pallets as our mode of choice for shipping.”