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Cookie plant to open, asparagus plant closes

July 13, 2005
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Bremner, Inc. announced plans to begin cookie production at its South Beloit, Illinois facility this fall, PRNewswire reports. The South Beloit plant was purchased in February 2005. Company representatives have been working with Sue Mroz, Winnebago County Regional Planning & Development Director, and Randy Kirchkow, Mayor of South Beloit, to secure economic assistance with the start-up of the plant. Winnebago County recently announced the approval of tax abatements for five years. Bremner anticipates employing approximately 50 employees at the plant. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that the 2006 asparagus outlook in Washington looks bleak after the last remaining canning plant in Washington closed. The closure effectively ends the state''s processed asparagus industry, leaving growers scrambling to find a new market for their crops. The 2005 harvest has been estimated at nearly 50 million pounds. As much as half of that was canned at the Seneca Foods Corp. plant in Dayton, about 120 miles east of Yakima. Last year, the company cut back operations and announced its plans to shut down permanently. The news followed the closure of a Del Monte Foods Co. plant in 2003.
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