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FREDERICKSBURG, PA-Locally based Farmers Pride, Inc. plans a $10-millionexpansion of its poultry processing plant here. The company is the majorproducer and processor of all natural, premium chickens, primarily under the Bell &Evans brand, which it sells to butchers and upper-end grocery stores alongthe east coast of the US.

The two-story, 65,000-sf addition includes construction of processing areas,all-chill additions, and the renovation of existing processing space intoemployee areas. It also calls for the demolition of existing officebuildings adjacent to the plant.

Greenville, SC-based Suitt Construction Co., a subsidiary of BE&K, willmanage the construction project, which is scheduled for completion in May2004. Suitt provides construction services to a broad range of industries in theUS and Mexico.

This newly announced project follows a recently completed $8-millionexpansion of the Farmers Pride facilities here, designed by the foodindustry specialist division of Lancaster, PA-based Webber/Smith Associates Inc.

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