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Dot Foods expansion is in doubt

June 19, 2002

WILLIAMSPORT - Dot Foods Inc. may not expand its Williamsport distribution center because the company bought a distribution center in New York, a company official said Monday.

Company officials should know by the end of the year if the acquisition of a Liverpool, N.Y., distribution center will delay or negate the need for a $5 million expansion to the local center, said James Canella, general manager of the Williamsport distribution center.

An expansion would mean more jobs, Canella said. The manufactured food distributor has about 250 local employees, he said.

The timetable to double the size of the Williamsport center's dry facility to 120,000 square feet was moved up from 2004 to 2003.

Dot Foods Inc. said Monday the company completed acquisition of certain assets of the food redistribution firm, The Drescher Corp.

Those assets include the distribution center and headquarters of Drescher in Liverpool.

The move will result in some route changes for drivers at the Williamsport center, Canella said. Local drivers aren't expected to go to Maine and may have more routes in North Carolina and Ohio, he said.

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-- Julie E. Greene

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