Titan Farms’ Williams honored for industry contributions
RIDGE SPRING — Ross Williams, with Titan Farms, has a fresh accolade to his credit, having won the Southeast Produce Council’s Next Generation award.
Williams, known to some as a 2008 graduate of Hugh Wardlaw Academy, is Titan’s director of packing operations and food safety, and the SEPC’s honor is bestowed on “members under 39 who have made a significant contribution to the industry through their company.”
The award was presented at the Southern Innovations Organics and Foodservice Expo, held in Nashville early this month.
Williams’ connection with Titan goes back to his Wardlaw days, when he played football and his coach was Chalmers Carr, now Titan’s president and CEO. Williams, now 28 years old, wound up driving a forklift and moved on to a variety of other responsibilities, including food safety coordinator, assistant facility manager and facility manager.
“I oversee the majority of the day-to-day operations of the packing facility, as well as the food safety for the farm and the packing facility, and that entails ... managing about 180 employees for peach and vegetable packing,” he said.
Williams’ employer produces bell peppers, broccoli and eggplants, but is mainly known for peaches, as the United States’ largest peach producer east of California.
“We are the second-largest privately owned peach grower and packer in the country, and our products actually ship as far west as Colorado, and we export up to 20 percent of our crop ... to Canada. There’s a very large market for fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada,” he said, adding that Mexico is also a substantial player in Titan’s export program.
Carr, in a press release, referred to Wilson’s achievement, noting, “I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive the Next Generation award. Ross is responsible for keeping production running smoothly and keeping our products compliant with food safety regulations.”
Williams, a 2012 Clemson University graduate with a degree in wildlife and fisheries biology, is also a newlywed. He tied the knot Sept. 15, in Johnston, with a Titan co-worker now known as Jessica Gibson Williams, of Edgefield. She works in Titan’s sales department.