Our People Make This Place Great
Our secret is simply having great people at SnoTemp. Our culture is grounded in our values – reliability, positivity, and family. We work hard to build people up and develop careers, keeping turnover low and creating reliable service for our customers. Our teams are purpose driven. They understand that they are an integral link in the food supply chain, helping our customers feed the world.
The People Behind SnoTemp
Paul Lafferty grew up in the wholesale grocery industry with his father who started R.E. Lafferty and Sons Wholesale Grocery. After serving in the 10th Mountain Division during WWII, Paul founded Eugene Freezing & Storage Company in 1957 upon his return to Eugene. He recognized and wanted to serve the strong agricultural businesses of the southern Willamette Valley. Built on strong family values, SnoTemp Cold Storage continues to be run by the Lafferty family who promote the integrity and hard work with which the company was founded more than a half century ago.
Since the first 16,000 square foot cold storage warehouse was built, the company has increased capacity in Eugene and expanded into Albany to now accommodate 725,000 square feet of temperature controlled warehouse space.
In 1967, Paul’s eldest son, Peter Lafferty, graduated from the University of Colorado and returned to Eugene after a tour in the U.S. Navy. During the late 1960s and early 70s, agriculture in the Willamette Valley was booming, and so was business. Eugene Freezing & Storage expanded to Albany, Oregon in 1974. That same year Paul’s youngest son, Michael Lafferty, also returned to Oregon from the University of Colorado to manage operations at SnoTemp in Albany.
Today, SnoTemp Cold Storage is led by the third generation of the Lafferty family. Jason Lafferty graduated from Kenyon College in 1997 and joined SnoTemp operations in 2001. He is currently the CEO.
In 2006, Paula Lafferty graduated from the University of Colorado and spent time travelling through Asia before joining Jason. In 2015 she became the VP of Finance and she continues to oversee the IT Department.
Caroline Lafferty graduated from the U of O in 2010. She currently works in marketing and accounting as the Accounting & Resource Manager.
Willie Lafferty joined the team full time in 2014 and is the Chief Engineer of the Albany facility. He is a certified refrigeration energy specialist (CRES) and he graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011.