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    McLane Picks Site for New Distribution Center

    The company expects the facility -- located in Jessup, Pa. -- to be operational in 2008.

    TEMPLE, Texas -- McLane Company, Inc., announced the selection of Jessup, Pa., near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as the site of its newest regional distribution center. The company expects the facility, which will be called McLane PA, to be completed and operational in 2008.

    "The growth of our business has created an opportunity for us to expand our operations geographically and enhance McLane's superior customer service," said Mike Youngblood, president of McLane Grocery Distribution. "We selected
    Jessup after a comprehensive search that included the consideration of multiple sites in the region. Local, county and state officials responded very positively to McLane locating in Jessup, which has a proven infrastructure for distribution facilities and allows excellent proximity to our growing customer base in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are committed to superior service and to the success of our customers, and the addition of the new facility in Jessup will contribute to that success."

    The new distribution center will service McLane's expanding customer base in the upper Mid-Atlantic region, the company stated. When completed, the
    Jessup facility will give McLane a total of 20 grocery division distribution centers in 18 states. From this nationwide infrastructure, McLane provides distribution services that extend into every zip code in the continental United States and to more than 50,000 customer locations across the country.

    "The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Governor's Action Team provided $525,000 to support this vital project that will bring 500 new jobs to northeast Pennsylvania," said Dennis Yablonsky, Pennsylvania secretary for community and economic development. "We are pleased that McLane has selected Pennsylvania. Governor Rendell is committed to making targeted, proactive investments that continue to grow our economy and create jobs."

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