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Kellogg distribution center to employ 50 people in Hagerstown

June 04, 2008|By ARNOLD S. PLATOU

The new warehouse distribution center that Kellogg Co. is opening near Hagerstown this summer will employ about 50 people, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The center will be used by Kellogg's snacks division, spokeswoman Thuy-An Wilkins said from the company's Battle Creek, Mich., headquarters. It is to open in July, she said.

It isn't yet clear, however, how many of the 50 jobs will be offered to area residents.

Wilkins said Kellogg Snacks is closing two distribution centers in the region. But she said she doesn't have any information whether employees at those two centers - in Manassas, Va., and in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - are being given the right to take jobs here.

Mechanicsburg is about 61 miles from Hagerstown. Manassas is about 54 miles from Hagerstown.

Officials couldn't be reached at either facility.

The Hagerstown center is being built by Liberty Property Trust on 145 acres in Hunter's Green business park in the Hopewell area near Valley Mall. In all, the center will contain 554,000 square feet - Kellogg is leasing 215,000 square feet, but the other space hasn't been leased yet, an official said.

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Wilkins said Kellogg, which is the world's leading cereal-maker, will be serving snack customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia from the site.

"It was just an ideal location to serve these three states. ...Our snacks business is doing really well, so we needed a location that would serve these states," she said.

"It's an ideal location for this region. They're very excited to be there."

Kellogg "is still working out the details" of the types of jobs that will be filled at the local center, she said.

According to its Web site, Kellogg is a leading producer of snacks, cookies and other foods with such well-known names as Keebler, Pop-Tarts, Eggo and Cheez-It.

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