EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Chris Phomsopha - Shipping Department

Chris Phomsopha

Our employees are the heart and soul of Bee Local and Jacobsen Salt Co. Without them we simply could not function. It takes a Herculean effort to keep shipments of honey and salt going out on time.

 Today we speak to Chris Phomsopha who makes sure that all the honey and salt is packed securely and safely in their shipping containers. Chris takes great pride in his work, is an indispensable part of the team, and a joy to work with.



Tell us little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in San Diego and I moved to Portland almost 11 years ago. Three of four of my sisters moved up here and are doing really well. I love them to death. It’s peaceful here.

Previously I worked for a company manufacturing circuit boards. I was in the Press Room which is the heart of the plant. I would have to put the steel plates on top of the book of circuit boards and press them. When they came out I’d have to check their specifications.


How long have you worked here?

I’ve been here about a year and a half now.


Can you tell us about what your job entails at Bee Local / Jacobsen Salt Co.?

I started out packing salt and pouring honey in the warehouse. During Christmas time Seana needed help with shipping so they had me train over there. I ended up being a permanent part of the Shipping Dept. I love it. It helps me be creative.

I like to do art. I like to build stuff and craft. So I look at it like that. I make sure everything is protected well and looks nice in the boxes for the customer when they open it.

There was time time when Claire came downstairs and played a voicemail from a customer for me. The man called to say he was really impressed with how well everything was packed. That’s important to me.


What’s your favorite food?

I like Mexican food. I can’t help it. I’m from San Diego, I grew up on that stuff. I like tacos. Fish tacos. I love it with Corona, lime, and Jacobsen salt.


Thanks for your time Chris.

Sure, thank you.