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Dundee Foods is reducing employment

DUNDEE—Dundee Foods is shrinking. Plant manager Joe Ferrigno spoke about the future of the facility last week, stating, “We just closed on the Kodak building in Rochester this week. We will move most of the operations out of Dundee, but won’t know when for some time.” He said equipment probably won’t be moved until March 2010.
Fairport-based parent company LiDestri Foods purchased the former Seneca Foods complex on Seneca Street as a distribution center and Dundee Foods began operations in the Seneca Street plant in 2004. At one time Dundee Foods was the second largest employer in the village with 40 employees. The figure may be 10 employees by next year.
Ferrigno commented about the future of the local facility, and said, “We are trying to keep some operations in Dundee. We wanted to do more here. The opportunities here made sense.” Ferrigno said it is hard to estimate the number of employees that might continue in the Dundee plant, noting, “Until we start moving things, it’s hard to estimate.”
The new facility has 650,000 square feet as compared to 160,000 in Dundee and the existing alcohol license can be transferred to Rochester. Ferrigno said, “We want to have the ability to do more private labels. The new facility will be closer to headquarters. I hope we made the right decisions, but the bottom line is we have to run a business. We’re going to keep trying.”
Ferrigno said he has been talking to some different companies including some copack opportunities. He said, “Nothing is set in stone. Now the Dundee Foods building is great for someone else.” Copack, that is packaging goods for other companies such as those with private labels, is a growing market. Ferrigno stated emphatically, “The workers here have been great.”
LiDestri’s website listed the Dundee facility as a state of the art food and beverage manufacturing facility with holding tanks of up to 68,000 gallons each. Also available is refrigerated storage, frozen storage, dry storage and finished storage. The products produced include cooking wines, vinegar, spirits and sauces.

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