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Shenandoah's Pride Dairy will close Virginia distribution center

June 11, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

Shenandoah's Pride Dairy will close its Winchester, Va., distribution center at the end of the month, relocating much of its work to its Hagerstown operation, a company official said.

Approximately 13 of the 22 employees at the Winchester center are expected to relocate to the Hagerstown operation on Oakmont Drive, Branch Operations Manager Greg Harper said.

Company officials couldn't justify the cost of upgrading the Winchester center when its sales territory could be covered by other regional centers, such as those in Hagerstown and Mount Crawford, Va., Harper said.

Bringing the Winchester building up to standards would have cost several hundred thousand dollars or more, Harper said. The building is about 75 years old.

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The Winchester center will close at the end of business June 29, Harper said.

Shenandoah's Pride's products include milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, fruit juices and Long Life Ultra-Pasteurized, Harper said.

All of the 22 employees, who are mostly drivers, were offered jobs at other Shenandoah's Pride centers, Harper said.

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