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Lenox consolidation won't affect proposed distribution center

April 26, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

The consolidation of Lenox Inc.'s U.S. production facilities will not affect plans to build a $25 million distribution center in the Hopewell Valley Industrial Complex near Halfway, a corporate spokesman said Thursday.

Lenox officials this week announced plans to close factories in Smithfield, R.I., and Oxford, N.C., in the next year and shift that work to other factories. The moves would result in 434 workers at those plants losing their jobs, according to a company statement.

The manufacturer of china, crystal giftware and flatware still plans to build a 500,000-square-foot distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway that eventually would create 120 new jobs, said spokesman Phil Lynch with Lenox's parent company, Brown-Forman.

Construction of the distribution center was supposed to begin last September. The project was put on hold after Lenox was hit hard by the economic consequences of Sept. 11's terrorist attacks and the national recession.

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Lynch said construction may begin as early as this fall, but the schedule has not been finalized.

The new distribution center would replace the one on Industrial Lane in the Interstate 70/81 Industrial Park near Williamsport. That center employs approximately 166 people.

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