Beech-Nut phasing out warehousing operation

Two years before Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. moves to a new $124-million headquarters in the Florida B
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Two years before Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. moves to a new $124-million headquarters in the Florida Business Park, the baby food maker’s warehouse operation in the village is entering its twilight.

Beech-Nut is preparing to outsource the last of its Canajoharie warehousing operations to Distribution Unlimited Inc., one of the Northeast’s largest public warehousing companies. Owned by the Galesi Group, the company has operations in Guilderland, Rotterdam and Scotia.

Officials for Beech-Nut and e Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 50 are in negotiations over the warehousing outfit’s remaining 20 organized workers, said Earl Wells, a spokesman for Beech-Nut’s Swiss parent company, Hero Group.

Hero’s outsourcing of Beech-Nut’s warehousing arm completes the in-house phase out that previous owners of the company started in the 1990s. It also reflects how the 550,000-square-foot Florida facility will differ from its Canajoharie predecessor by being purely production-focused.

Beech-Nut used the warehouse at its old plant to store company products. It also has a warehouse in Fort Plain, but it is not clear when that operation’s work will be outsourced.

“All warehouse operations are not going to be continued at the new facility,” Wells said.

Warehouse workers affected by the outsourcing will be offered jobs at the new facility, but in production positions, Well said.

Joyce Alston, president for Local 50, based in Edison, N.J., could not be reached this morning.

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