Employee Spotlights

Employee Spotlight: John Wilcox

ABOUT John Wilcox has been a part of the South Mill family for the past 20 years! John grew up in West Grove; graduated from Avon Grove High School, and then received a certificate in Electrical Studies from New Castle County Vocational School. John worked part time...

Employee Spotlight: Dominic Paloni

ABOUT Dominic Paloni has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 24 years! Dominic was born in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in the mushroom business alongside his father and grandfather who were both mushroom growers. Dominic remembers working with his...

Employee Spotlight: Domitila Duran

ABOUT Domitila Duran was born near Moroleon, Mexico, and came to the United States in 2003 to join her husband. She came to South Mill that same year and has been with us ever since. Domitila works in our Packing Divison and likes the variety of doing different jobs...

Employee Spotlight: Randy Lemus

ABOUT Randy Lemus has been a part of the South Mill family for the past three years. Randy was born in Ojo de Agua in Guanajuato, Mexico and migrated to the United States with his family when he was six years old. They lived in Delaware the first year and then moved...

Employee Spotlight: Marisol Zamudio Aguilar

ABOUT Marisol Zamudio Aguilar has been a part of the South Mill family for the past 7 years. Born in Santa Monica Ozumbilla, Mexico, she emigrated to Pennsylvania at the age of 20 with her parents, 3 sisters, and 1 brother. Before leaving Mexico, Marisol worked for 4...

Employee Spotlight: Ana Carina Buitron

ABOUT Ana Carina Buitron has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 3 years! As the Benefits Administrator in HR, Ana loves helping people and enjoys the one-on-one contact she has with our employees. She also appreciates learning new things every day. Ana...

Employee Spotlight: Emilio Bernal

ABOUT Emilio Bernal has been a part of our South Mill family for 6 years! He was born in Almoloya de Alquisiras in the State of Mexico and came to the United States when he was 15 years old. Emilio is the second youngest of 11 children; all of whom live nearby except...

Employee Spotlight: Roberto Alvarez

ABOUT Roberto Alvarez has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 20 years! Roberto was born in Puebla, Mexico and migrated to the United States with his parents and siblings when he was 11 years old. Roberto began working for us in 1997 as a...

Employee Spotlight: Jesse Davis

ABOUT Jesse Davis has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 10 years! Jesse really likes the friendly atmosphere and the camaraderie he finds at South Mill. As the Select Soils Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the sales, consulting and clean-out...

Employee Spotlight: Ignacio Tovar

ABOUT Ignacio Tovar has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 15 years! Ignacio was born in Michoacan, Mexico, and came to the United States in 1997, to work with his father as a Harvester at a local mushroom company. Ignacio stayed there for 5 years and...

Employee Spotlight: Gilberto Mondragon

ABOUT Gilberto Mondragon has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 15 years! Gilberto is from Mexico and migrated to the U.S. at the age of 18 when his father worked at a nearby mushroom farm. Gilberto ended up working at South Mill as a Harvester in 2002,...

Employee Spotlight: Beatriz Mora

ABOUT Beatriz Mora has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 20 years! She was born in Yuriria, Mexico and came to the Kennett area 21 years ago with her 8 children to join her husband. At that time, he was working as a Harvester at another mushroom...

Employee Spotlight: Amanda Ayala

ABOUT Amanda Ayala, Human Resources Administrative Assistant, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 6 years! Amanda’s mother, Iris, is our Director of Human Resources; a profession that seems to be in their DNA! Amanda, born in West Chester, PA.,...

Employee Spotlight: Francisco Rosales

ABOUT Francisco Rosales has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 30 years! Francisco was born in Puebla, Mexico, and came to Kennett Square as a teenager with his uncle, who worked at South Mill at the time. Francisco started working for us in January...

Employee Spotlight: Lovell Chase

ABOUT Lovell Chase has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 27 years! Like so many other employees, when asked what he likes the most about his job, he says that it is the people that make it enjoyable for him. He finds his fellow employees dedicated,...

Employee Spotlight: Aaron Brown

ABOUT Aaron Brown has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 5 years! He was born and raised in Corning, NY, and has an interesting academic background that ultimately led him to his present job at South Mill. He studied Mechanical Technology and Biology...

Employee Spotlight: Brenda Moctezuma

ABOUT Brenda Moctezuma has been a part of the South Mill family for the past 27 years. Born in Acapulco, Mexico, Brenda worked at a restaurant there before moving to the United States. When she was 27 years-old, she arrived in this area, and worked at several...

Employee Spotlight: Luis Benites

ABOUT Luis Benites has been part of the South Mill family for the past 2 years. Born in Toluca, Mexico, Luis migrated to Kennett Square when he was 10 years old. He studied and went on to graduate from Kennett High School. He then received a degree from Millersville...

Employee Spotlight: Irving Robalino

ABOUT Irving Robalino has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 6 months. Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Irving migrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. He and his family moved to Hazleton, Pa. where he learned English and eventually graduated from Hazleton...

Employee Spotlight: Edgar Estrada

ABOUT Edgar Estrada has been a part of our South Mill Family for the past 6 years! Originally from Mexico, he migrated to the U.S. at the age of 10. Edgar currently lives with his parents and 2 younger brothers in Kennett Square and graduated from the local High...

Employee Spotlight: Alfonso Bernal

ABOUT Alfonso Bernal has been a part of our South Mill Family for over 6 years! The oldest of 4 children, Alfonso’s father arranged for him to come to the United States as a resident when he was 19. He began working for us as a Harvester and then quickly moved to...

Employee Spotlight: Barry Davidson

Photo Credit: The wonderful Ana Mireless ABOUT Barry Davidson has been a part of our South Mill Family for the past 28 years! Although Barry was born in West Chester, P.A., his father, Walter, was in the military and the family moved around a lot; they even spent time...

Employee Spotlight: John Santucci

ABOUT John Santucci has been a part of our South Mill Family for the past 7 months! John grew up in the West Grove area, attended Avon Grove Charter School, and worked on his father’s mushroom farm. He always knew he would work in the mushroom industry, but...

Employee Spotlight: David Arias

ABOUT David Arias, who works in our Cold Storage Department, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 2 years. As the Quality Control/Food Safety Manager, David and his team ensure that we are following all the food safety regulations. They also make sure...

Employee Spotlight: Richard Rush

ABOUT Richard Rush, the Safety Director, has been a part of our South Mill Family for the past 5 and a half years! Richard, who grew up in Waynesburg, PA, loves coming to work every day but most of all he loves helping our “wonderful” employees. Richard...

Employee Spotlight: Stacey Reeves

ABOUT Stacey Reeves has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 29 years! He spent the first 11 years of his career here in the Shipping Dock and then later became the Receiving Dock Supervisor. Stacey is a local who grew up in Oxford, PA. He describes...

Employee Spotlight: Julio Cesar Lopez Magaña

ABOUT Julio Cesar Lopez Magaña, originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 7 years! Julio, who is fluent in English and Spanish, migrated to the United States at age 7 and graduated from Avon Grove High School. As a...

Employee Spotlight: Misael Reyes Ruiz

ABOUT Misael Reyes Ruiz has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 23 years! As the Assistant Cold Storage Manager, Misael has to check daily orders, take care of the customer’s needs, work closely with the Sales department, and work with non-mushroom...

Employee Spotlight: Gina Whelan

ABOUT Gina Whelan has been part of the South Mill family for the past 6 years. As the Receptionist/Administrator, Gina enjoys the exposure she receives at the front desk. She is able to encounter new people on a daily basis, as well as sharing warm smiles and kind...

Employee Spotlight: Bill Kirwin

ABOUT Bill Kirwin, the lead Carpenter in Kennett Growing, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 4 years. Bill loves the freedom he is given to find the best and most creative solution to problems that arise on a day to day basis. Recently, Bill was...

Employee Spotlight: Jose Garcia

ABOUT Jose Garcia has been a part of the South Mill family for the past 22 years! He began his South Mill journey in picking back in 1994, in 2000 he transferred to packing where he works on helping maintain the packing room clean and organized. Jose enjoys working...

Employee Spotlight: Ernesto Garcia Corona

ABOUT Ernesto Garcia Corona has been a part of the South Mill family for the past 16 years. Originally from Yuriria, Mexico, Ernesto first arrived to the United States in 1977. He worked for several years in agriculture out West, before moving to the East Coast. He...

Employee Spotlight: Luis Hernandez

ABOUT Luis Hernandez has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 11 years! Luis began his journey with us as a Harvester, he then ascended to Supervisor at our smallest farm, and now 11 years later, he is the Harvesting Manager at our largest farm. There are...

Employee Spotlight: Julio Gaona

ABOUT Julio Gaona has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 30 years! Julio enjoys his work as the Transportation Dispatcher and thoroughly enjoys working with the CDL drivers. Throughout his time at South Mill, Julio has moved to a variety of different...

Employee Spotlight: Raul Zavala Nuñez

ABOUT Raul Zavala Nuñez has been part of the South Mill family for 3 years. Currently a maintenance mechanic, Raul is appreciative of his teammates, the environment at South Mill, and his manager – Mike Lassalle. Raul has two family members here at South Mill,...

Employee Spotlight: Redouane Lkharz

ABOUT Redouane Lkharz, also known as Red, is Assitant Manager in Lean Production. He has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 7 years! Born in Morroco, Redouane migrated to the United States with his wife in 2005, looking for the American Dream. Since...

Employee Spotlight: Alvaro Hernandez

ABOUT Alvaro Hernandez, originally from Mexico, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 5 years! His brother, Jose Carmen, a longtime Shipping employee, recommended him for the position. Alvaro likes to work independently, checking the product...

Employee Spotlight: Pablo Rojas

ABOUT Pablo Rojas, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, joined our Compost Division 30 years ago! After several years, he started learning how to grow mushrooms, and in 1996 became a Grower. Four years ago, he was given the opportunity to grow Portabella mushrooms and...

Employee Spotlight: Maria Carmen Baeza

ABOUT Maria Carmen, more commonly known as Josefina, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 24 years! A very valuable member of our team, Josefina works in the packing room. She likes to work at the scale, weighing the mushrooms and placing them in the...

Employee Spotlight: Guadalupe Zavala

ABOUT Guadalupe Zavala, originally from Moroleon, Mexico, has been a part of our South Mill family for the past 14 years! Guadalupe works in packing and her brother, Jose, works in shipping. She thoroughly likes South Mill’s proximity to her house. In her spare...

Employee Spotlight: Victor Villagomez Cortez

ABOUT Born in Uriangato, Mexico, Victor has been part of the South Mill family since 2006! Currently working in Packing, he likes learning how to be a better supervisor and leader. He is also interested in learning more about improving the quality of our mushrooms....

Employee Spotlight: Heriberto Duran

ABOUT Heriberto Duran has been part of our South Mill family for the past 6 years. He currently works in Kennett Square as the Shipping Supervisor. He likes his busy schedule and the teamwork that goes on behind the scenes at South Mill. His mom, Domitila, works in...

Employee Spotlight: Steicy Castro

ABOUT Steicy is one of our many valuable team members! She has been working in the marketing department for over two years. Working from Florida, she is able to help attend produce shows in the Southern Regions of the US. One of her favorite things about working at...

Employee Spotlight: Elvia Rodriguez

ABOUT Elvia currently works in the Transportation Department, and has been part of our South Mill family for 16 years! Elvia has 2 uncles, 2 cousins, and a nephew also working here. She enjoys all the people she works with and likes her schedule flexibility. In her...

Employee Spotlight: Alex Beam-Ward

ABOUT Alex works at our Kennett Farm as a Grower, and has been a part of the Company for one year. He used to teach ceramics and now he’s growing mushrooms! Alex enjoys all the people he works with, and in his free time, loves fishing and kayaking. FUN FACTS...

Employee Spotlight: Enrique Lemus

ABOUT Luis Enrique Lemus – (“Enrique”) works in the Shipping department and has been with the company for 10 years! 6 of his family members, including his brother, cousins, aunt and uncle also work here. Enrique enjoys all the people he works with...

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