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Perdue AgriBusiness Moving From Salisbury to Sussex County

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SALISBURY, Md.- In the wake of the announcement that Labinal Power Systems will be leaving Salisbury, costing the county 650 jobs, comes news of another hit for the area. Perdue AgriBusiness, one of two operating subsidiaries of Perdue Farms, Inc., said it will be relocating its headquarters from Salisbury to Sussex County, Del. Along with the move comes the relocation of 110 Salisbury jobs.

According to those close to the process, the transition is now in its beginning phase, and will be complete in the next few years. Salisbury officials said it should not result in any jobs lost by current employees.

The move was first announced more than four years ago, in November of 2010, with the intention of supporting “the division's continuing growth,” but has been delayed until now. In his State of the State address Thursday, Delaware Governor Jack Markell said that Perdue is following through on its plan.

“Governor Markell's remarks reflect our re-commitment to relocate to Delaware,” said Dick Willey, President of Perdue AgriBusiness. “The state of Delaware historically has been a great business partner with Perdue, from welcoming construction of the Perdue AgriRecycle facility more than a decade ago to expansion of grain operations in Bridgeville and Seaford as well as grants issued to expand the Milford processing plant. We look forward to continuing our partnership as we grow our business.”

The site of the new office location has yet to be determined. It will replace the nearly 45-year-old facility at the Perdue AgriBusiness complex on Zion Church Road in Salisbury. Perdue said the new, expanded office space will support the company's growth in grain, feeds, fertilizer and other agricultural services.

In a statement, Perdue said, “Approximately 150 current and future executive, management and support positions will be housed at the new location. All other Perdue AgriBusiness operations will continue in their current locations, including the grain operations at Zion Church Road in Salisbury.”

According to Perdue officials, the move does not affect Perdue's main corporate headquarters in Salisbury.

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