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Teamwork helps Oregon Fruit grow in Salem

Thursday, February 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristine Thomas
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Oregon Fruit Products recently purchased a 26-acre property and 165,000 square-foot food processing facility in Salem, previously owned by NORPAC.

Oregon Fruit has operated from its original location in Salem since its founding in 1935. With the processing plant and office space reaching capacity, Oregon Fruit CEO Chris Sarles searched for a new facility for a few years, even considering a relocation outside of Salem. When he saw the sale of NORPAC Foods’ canned vegetable business, he reached out, enticed by the existing food manufacturing capabilities and access to I-5. In addition, the proximity to the current Oregon Fruit location will help to maximize the continuity of employment for the team. Oregon Fruit Products employs 85 people and 100 additional seasonal workers during the fresh fruit harvest.

“We were pleased to share with our team that the company roots would remain firmly planted in Salem,” Sarles said. “We would like to thank Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett, the Salem City Council, SEDCOR and the City of Salem for their commitment and dedication to retain vital manufacturing jobs. Each group did their part and worked in concert to help ensure that the process went smoothly and quickly. We are looking forward to growing our business and employment in the city where we were established.” 

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