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    Rutter's Named a Top 5 Privately Held Company

    Local newspaper lists chain as No. 5 on list of 100 central Pa.-based companies.

    MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Rutter's Holdings Inc, -- parent company of Rutter's Farm Stores, M&G Realty and Rutter's Dairy -- was ranked fifth in the Central Penn Business Journal's list of the top 100 privately held companies in central Pennsylvania.

    The company also placed ninth in the best percentage change in revenue in the top 100 list, with a 39.55 percent increase in revenue from 2004 to 2005.

    In other news, Rutter's charitable branch, Rutter's Children's Charities, donated $25,000 to the March of Dimes for the creation of a Parent Education and Support Center in the neonatal intensive care unit at York Hospital.

    The center will be a model for 65 other centers in the state, according to Dolores Smith, the state director of program services and public affairs for the March of Dimes.

    "It will help the March of Dimes to address the emotional, informational and material needs of more than 400 families each year who spend time in the York Hospital neonatal intensive care unit," she added.

    Rutter's contribution will fund the center for two years, providing for educational materials in both English and Spanish; baby journals that instruct parents on the care of newborns; an educational library and training for the nurse staff; and online support through a computer, desk and chair, digital camera and photo printer.

    This contribution is one of the $200,000 in donations that the Rutter's company will make in 2006.

    Rutter's is family-owned and managed by third generation Rutter's family. The company employs more than 800 people in central Pennsylvania. Rutter's can trace its beginnings to farmland in York County that was deeded to the Rutter family in 1747 by the grandson of William Penn. Rutter's Farm Stores, launched in 1967 as the retail outlet for its dairy products, has 50 stores in York, Lancaster, Adams and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania. Rutter's Dairy was founded in 1921 and serves Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

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