Local Smucker plant to open in May

BUSINESS NOTES

February 28, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

J. M. Smucker Co. likely will open in Havre de Grace in May after completing renovations to a former bottling plant, a company spokesman said.

Vickie Limbach, communications manager for the Ohio-based company, said Smucker plans to bottle its Knudsen line of noncarbonated fruit blends at the 68,000-square-foot plant. The company has not determined how many people the plant would employ, she said.

The plant's last occupant, Chesapeake Beverage Corp., shut down abruptly Oct. 30 after efforts to restructure under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code failed. At the time it employed about 110 workers.

A week later, Joel I. Sher, a Baltimore lawyer appointed Chesapeake's trustee by a federal bankruptcy judge, filed under Chapter 7, which applies when owners plan to liquidate a company.

After receiving bids from 15 companies, Mr. Sher accepted Smucker's offer of $2.5 million for the plant. The bankruptcy court approved the sale late last month.

Smucker, founded in 1897, operates plants in Orrville, Ohio; Salinas, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Ripon, Wis. It had sales of $483 million in 1992.

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Schimunek Funeral Home Inc. has bought a 4 1/2 -acre site from Emmorton Venture in the Constant Friendship Business Park for $191,190 and hopes to begin construction in six months, said a company spokesman.

Brian Lewis, grandson of company founder Charles E. Schimunek, said architectural plans are nearly completed for the company's first establishment in Harford County. Total cost and size of the building will be determined when the plans are made final, he said.

The company hopes to file permit papers with the county within a month and start construction during the summer, he said.

Mr. Lewis, whose mother, Darlene S. Lewis, is the firm's vice president, is a licensed mortician and is treasurer and general manager. His aunt, Karen Schimunek, is president of the company, which began at Monument Street and Luzerne Avenue in East Baltimore in 1937.

Schimunek also has locations on Brehms Lane in Baltimore and at Belair and Forge Roads in Perry Hall.

HO-LEE-CHOW, a national franchise Chinese food delivery chain, has opened its first store in Harford County.

The store, in the Emmorton Village Shopping Center in Abingdon, is the first of seven planned for the region in the next three years by SMT Inc., one of the newest franchise holders.

Deliveries are made daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch hours and catering service will be added.

Susan Duffy, a licensed dietitian who lives in Baltimore County, is SMT Inc.'s president.

HO-LEE-CHOW, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., has 273 stores in 11 states and five countries.

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The Kiddie City store on Baltimore Pike in Bel Air is one of 29 that will remain open across the country while Lionel Leisure Inc. reorganizes under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, company officials say.

The Philadelphia-based company, a toy retail subsidiary of The Lionel Corp., has closed 13 stores and plans to close 27 more.

Michael J. Vastola, president and chief executive officer of the parent company, said in a news release that restructuring was necessary after poor Christmas sales.

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Kmart officials announced that an 108,000-square-foot store will open late next month in the Joppatowne Shopping Center.

Most of the exterior construction of the store, which will be the largest Kmart in the region, is complete. The store could employ 150 people.

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