In 1972, Ernie Spada, Sr. started Pride Packing Co. in central Washington and was one of the first companies to adopt the "Two Leader" growing and pruning technique.
Today, Ernie Spada, Sr.
is regarded as an expert in the areas of storage, packaging, marketing and distribution of produce.
passion and expertise regarding the selection of fruit varieties the company grows and his
innovative growing techniques continue to shape the way Pride Packing Co
. does business.
With over 65 years of industry experience, Ernie Spada, Sr.
is a leader in the wholesale trade, as both a grower and a wholesale distributor.
is actively involved with the Washington Stone Fruit Commission
Like many children of that era, the Spada's young sons Ernie
and Leon, were brought into the farming business at a young age.
In 1949 sons Ernie
and Leon were brought into the family business as partners.
was the planner and the entrepreneur.
brother was away at war, Ernie
worked from 3:30 am to 8:00 am for his
folks, and finished high school during the day.
To this day, he
remains tireless and is always looking ahead in search of newer and better ways to shape and grow the family's businesses.
Ernie Spada, Sr. is still active in the day-to-day decisions and oversees operations at Pride Packing Co.
The children of Ernie
and Marie Spada also carry on the family's heritage of providing the very best "farm to fork" produce from Northwest farms and orchards.
Ernie Spada, Sr.
Pride Packing Co.
Leon and Ernie Spada