City OKs expansion loan for deli plant

May 18, 2006|By ALLISON CONNOLLY | ALLISON CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER

Dietz & Watson Inc. has secured a city loan to expand its plant in Park Heights and create at least 15 jobs over the next five years.

The Philadelphia-based maker of deli meats and cheeses came to the city in 1999 and took over the former Parks Sausage Co. plant in Northwest Baltimore. The plant employs 148 people, almost all city residents, and is running out of room.

The city's Board of Estimates approved yesterday a $400,000 loan, which the company will use to purchase property adjacent to the factory at 3300 Towanda Ave. A building on the property is occupied by Standard Supply & Equipment.

Under terms of the agreement with the city, if Dietz & Watson creates at least 15 jobs over the next five years, it will not have to repay $100,000 of the loan.

M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., said the city's money is being put to good use, bringing new jobs to an area of the city with historically high unemployment.

"We hope it will create even more jobs" than the 15 promised, Brodie said.

Dietz & Watson's chief financial officer, Cindy Yingling, said the expansion won't likely happen for three years because the property is under lease.

Dietz & Watson produces all its turkey and chicken products in Baltimore. The products are then shipped to Philadelphia and distributed to customers across the country.

allison.connolly@baltsun.com

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