New name, exec for frozen appetizer maker
“As our product range has branched out beyond rangoons and other appetizers, we felt that our corporate name should reflect that change as well," said Founder Greg Bukuras.
Bukuras and his wife Jeanette started a frozen hors d'oeuvres business -- concentrating on crab rangoons -- in 1996. The company’s product line then expanded to include other appetizers under the Original Rangoon, Jeanette’s All Natural and Caterer’s Choice brands, as well as private label names.
Bukuras said ORC began diversifying this year when it added fresh, fully-cooked falafel, under the Falafel Republic brand. The company operates two plants -- including one in Needham and another in St. Louis.
In other news, ORC said it hired Greg Bukuras' brother, George Bukuras, as company president and CEO.
ORC describes George Bukuras as a "seasoned business executive" with experience in operations, law and finance.
After practicing law in Boston, George Bukuras most recently served as general counsel of Mueller Water Products. He also served as chief operating officer of Atlantic / Tracy, Inc., a distributor of power transmission equipment, now owned by Motion Engineering. A CPA and attorney, Bukuras started his career at the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse & Co.
Said Greg Bukuras, "George has a very strong, formal strategic management background. His unique combination of skills makes him an ideal candidate to lead the company into its next level of growth through culture change and organizational development. With George’s arrival, I will have the opportunity to focus on new product development and customer relations.”