Employee Spotlight: Juan Melecio, Plant Manager, North America
Juan Melecio started his career at ofi soon after graduating high school, expecting to have a summer job at the local tomato factory that would help him pay for his education—a degree in business and operations management. Melecio kept going back to the factory each summer and signing up for internships where he was able to apply theory learned in the classroom directly into work, and in turn, challenge those theories in the classroom.
Melecio has since grown those summer internships into a career spanning eighteen years and counting, holding several different roles across manufacturing operations for ofi. Starting as a line operator at the tomato factory, he worked his way through supervisory and management roles with the Spices team, to his new role as plant manager where he leads our Oxnard, Calif. private label manufacturing facility.