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SNOTEMP COLD STORAGE ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF JASON LAFFERTY TO CEO AND THE TRANSITION TO THIRD GENERATION FAMILY LEADERSHIP
Thriving Agriculture, Food and Beverage Sector Propel SnoTemp’s Continued Growth Outlook
Eugene, Ore. – SnoTemp Cold Storage, a warehousing and distribution solution for Oregon’s leading food and beverage companies, announced third generation owner-operator Jason Lafferty as its new chief executive officer, formally transitioning the company to third generation family leadership.
Founded in 1957, SnoTemp is one of the last remaining family-owned and operated cold storage companies in the region. Jason succeeds second generation owner-operators Pete and Mike Lafferty, both of whom remain active as board members.
“It’s always been our hope that the third generation would be part of the future of the company,” explains Mike Lafferty. “My brother Pete and I believe there are great advantages in family businesses. We’re happy and proud to see the next generation take the helm.”
Jason Lafferty graduated from Kenyon College with a biology degree and worked as a ski racing coach and whitewater guide before eventually returning to learn the business in 2001. Since then, he has progressively taken on more responsibility within the company, starting with warehouse and safety duties, to customer service and sales, and eventually serving as General Manager, where he oversaw significant freezer expansions.
“The third generation of SnoTemp has big shoes to fill,” says Jason Lafferty. “We’re committed to the region’s agricultural and food and beverage sectors, and intend to stay firmly rooted here to support the growth of those industries.”
Lafferty is joined by three other third generation owner-operators: Caroline Lafferty (Accounting and Resource Manager), Willie Lafferty (Facility Engineer), and Paula Lafferty, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Finance. In addition to her financial responsibilities, Paula leads the company’s technology efforts with a particular focus on improving customer experience and supply chain visibility.
Together, the third generation’s next goal is to continue the company’s expansion this year. SnoTemp is actively exploring opportunities to grow its Albany and Eugene facilities, possibly in conjunction with co-located processors.
“The future points to sustained growth for the industries we serve,” shares Jason Lafferty. “We’re looking as far down the road as possible to ensure we can continue to support the region’s emerging and growing brands, and continue to add quality jobs and play a strong role in our community.”
About SnoTemp Cold Storage
Founded in 1957, SnoTemp Cold Storage is a family-owned cold storage warehousing company headquartered in Eugene, Oregon. The company is the critical cold storage link between local food processors and consumers, with more than 15 million cubic feet of climate-controlled space at its centrally located facilities along the I-5 corridor in Eugene and Albany, Oregon. Learn more at www.SnoTemp.com.