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Max Ephraim, Jr., September 16, 2001, age 82

Max Ephraim, Jr., chairman of the board of Modern Process Equipment, Inc. (MPE) of Chicago, Illinois, died September 16, 2001, at the age of 82. He was active in this position for more than 20 years, during which he oversaw the company’s growth in becoming an international supplier of equipment to the coffee industry. Ephraim worked closely with his two sons, Daniel and Philip, as a mentor and was an instrumental part of the development of short and long term strategies critical to the growth of this family business.

In addition, he was employed for 45 years with the Electro-Motive division of General Motors, most recently as chief engineer. During his career, he was credited with the development of the diesel locomotive, earning him the reputation as the “father of the modern diesel locomotive.”

New Coffee Product Manager for Fresco System
Fres-co System USA, Inc. named Chris Burger to the position of product manager, coffee. He has been with Fres-co for 10 years, and, until recently, was responsible for sales on the West Coast.

Fres-co, headquartered in Telford, Pennsylvania, is the leading system supplier to the coffee industry supplying packaging machines, packaging material, technology and innovation. Fres-co has contributed most of the coffee packaging innovations for the last 25 years including the degassing valve, easy open and tin-tie reclosure. Fres-co operates two manufacturing plants in the U.S.

Boyd Coffee Co. Hires More People
Marc Bourret recently joined Boyd Coffee Company of Portland, Oregon as the new vice president of marketing. Bourret’s 21-year history with USA Today includes spearheading marketing and sales efforts in the areas of specialty coffee, coffee houses as well as hospitality and foodservice industries.

“I am proud to be working with a Company that has a solid family tradition of providing high quality products as well as unparalleled customer service to the foodservice industry for more than 100 years,” said Bourret. “Reading a newspaper with a wonderful cup of coffee is also a tradition that spans generations.”

In addition, Julian Lavers was hired as the vice president of national accounts and distributor sales. With a total of 31 years of coffee experience and as a previous employee of Mother Parker Tea & Coffee, Lavers’ first major charge is to take his sales and distribution expertise to fully extend Boyd Coffee Company’s reach to the east coast.

“Boyd Coffee Company is dedicated to their products and service. They are aware of what the term quality means and I’m looking forward to working with a company that stands behind everything they do, “ said Lavers.

Play Ball
Phil Johnson, founder of Millstone Coffee, recently donated $2 million to the City of Everett, Washington for the development of a world-class ball field complex for the city’s youth.

Johnson’s gift was the centerpiece of a public/private partnership between the Philip L. Johnson Foundation Trust, City of Everett, and CSR Associated, which donated 64 acres of property to convert a used gravel pit into the ball fields.

Johnson founded Millstone Coffee in 1981, which was started with the idea of selling high quality, freshly roasted, whole bean coffee in bulk dispensing units in grocery stores. He led the company until 1995. In 1995, the company was sold to Procter & Gamble.

Johnson has remained with the coffee industry with Cascade Coffee, which he formed to encompass the Everett roasting plant and the office coffee service division, which were not part of the sale to Proctor & Gamble.

Tea & Coffee - November/December 2001


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