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Utz snacks to expand in region, open warehouse in Plum

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

Snack producer Utz Quality Foods Inc. of Hanover will open a distribution center in Plum to supply the Pittsburgh region with its potato chips, pretzels, crisps and other products, the company said on Wednesday.

Construction started in February and is expected to open in July at 121 Pennant Dr. The center will have a warehouse, loading docks and offices. Employment was not disclosed but the company said it expects to add workers as Utz expands here. A spokesman could not be reached for comment.

“Our new distribution center is a means of bringing our full line of snack products to even more consumers and customers in the Pittsburgh area in a more efficient manner,” said Jim Little, area vice president, in a statement. “We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to becoming an even bigger part of the local community.”

Utz is a privately-owned and family managed company founded in 1921 that sells snacks nationwide. Utz has four manufacturing plants in Hanover, and others in Louisiana, California, Massachusetts, Wilkes-Barre and Ephrata, PA.

John D. Oravecz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7882 or joravecz@tribweb.com.

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