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Plant closing won't affect Pa. center

April 06, 2001

Plant closing won't affect Pa. center



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The closing next year of the former Corning Glass Co. manufacturing plant in Berkeley County, W.Va., will have no effect on the former Corning distribution center in Greencastle, a company spokesman said Friday.

Dave Lanzillo, director of corporate relations for World Kitchens Inc. in Elmira, N.Y., which bought out Corning's consumer products division, said the Greencastle center will be part of a consolidation of the company's distribution facilities.

Lanzillo said a small distribution center in Waynesboro, Va., will be closed. Its operations will be consolidated into distribution centers in Greencastle and in Mone, Ill.

He said he didn't know if the move will mean more workers will be hired in Greencastle.

Another World Kitchens facility in Franklin County, the administrative offices of World Kitchens on Kennebec Drive in Chambersburg, Pa., will also not be affected by the plant closing in Berkeley County, a spokesman there said.

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The Chambersburg facility serves as the administrative offices for 170 factory stores that sell products under the Corning, Revere and other company labels. It has 45 employees.

The former Corning plant on U.S. 11 south of Inwood, W.Va., opened 40 years ago. This week World Kitchens officials announced the plant would be closed in a corporate-wide restructuring plan.

The jobs of more than 350 workers will be affected by the closing, which is expected to take place in March 2002.

The plant makes products under the Corning and Visions cookware labels. Those product lines, along with the Corelle line of dinnerware products, will be transferred to another World Kitchens plant.

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