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    Dole Opens N.C. Plant

    BESSEMER CITY, N.C. -- Dole Food Co., Inc. this week celebrated the opening of a new $54 million, 285,000-square-foot Dole Fresh Vegetables' salad-packaging plant here.

    BESSEMER CITY, N.C. -- Dole Food Co., Inc. this week celebrated the opening of a new $54 million, 285,000-square-foot Dole Fresh Vegetables' salad-packaging plant here.

    "This plant is important to Dole because it will help supply the Southeast with a nutritious, high-quality product," said David H. Murdock, Dole Foods' chairman and c.e.o. "It will carry on Dole's commitment to safety and excellence."

    The new plant employs more than 350 people, mostly from the surrounding area. Over the next 10 years, it may hire up to 900 people, said Dole. The facility will package and ship 750,000 packages of salad greens per day for distribution in grocery stores throughout the Southeast.

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