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Oneida: No Distributor Consequence of Unit's Possible Closing

ONEIDA, NY - Oneida Ltd. said this week that it is considering closing its foodservice distribution center located in Buffalo, NY.

Wilbur D. Allen of the company told ID Access that while a final decision has not been made, the aim of the closure would be to remove duplication from its distribution network. Allen expects the closure, if it happens, to be seamless and not pose any problems for foodservice distributorships in the Northeast.

This plan is part of a multi-year project the company began in 2004 to reevaluate and restructure its supply chain with the goals of improving efficiency and service levels and reducing costs, according to a company executive, the company said.

If the distribution center is closed, the company would distribute its foodservice products from its existing Sherrill, NY, Miami and Chino, CA, distribution facilities. In the event of a closure, the facility would likely cease operation near the end of the second quarter of the Oneida's fiscal year, which will end in January 2006.

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