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NABISCO OPENS AMERICA'S LARGEST MARGARINE FACILITY

 INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest margarine manufacturing plant in the United States began production today when Nabisco Foods Group opened its new facility in Indianapolis.
 With a capacity of more than 460 million pounds annually, the new 300,000-square-foot plant will produce Fleishmann's and Blue Bonnet brand margarines and spreads. The 40.5-acre site, on Guion Road and West 52nd Street in Northwest Indianapolis, also includes a research and development pilot plant.
 The $44 million facility represents one of Nabisco's largest capital investments in the last five years, according to Kenneth G. Romanzi, vice president and general manager of Nabisco's Fleishmann's Division.
 "Realizing our vision of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has taken a lot of effort and cooperation over the last two years. This plant is the largest, most up-to-date margarine plant in the country and will keep us on the cutting edge of the industry for years to come. With the technological capabilities of this plant and the dedication and talent of our employee team, our ability meet the taste and dietary considerations of the margarine consumer is almost limitless," Romanzi said.
 The new plant boasts such technologically advanced equipment as a "man-machine interface," a computerized system that controls blending and process flow, and a liquid concentrate whey system.
 "Nabisco's presence in Indianapolis, particularly its addition of 60 high-paying jobs, is vital to the city," said Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. "City and state officials have all worked closely with Nabisco over the past two years to bring this project to fruition and ensure that this presence continues. Although many alternatives were considered, Nabisco's decision to remain and expand in Indianapolis, continuing a partnership with the city that has lasted nearly 50 years, is gratifying to us all."
 The new plant will employ 240 employees, a gain of 60 jobs from the aging Roosevelt Avenue margarine plant it will replace. Production there will be gradually shifted to the new plant, with the old plant closing by the end of the year. David Lamy, manager of the Roosevelt Avenue plant, has shepherded the new project and will be responsible for phasing out the old production site. Michael Lukemire will oversee the staffing, training and start-up of the Guion Road facility, which is scheduled to reach full capacity early in 1994.
 "The state of Indiana was able to provide Nabisco's employees with a $163,800 training grant to improve the skill levels at the Indianapolis plant. The Training 2000 grant is providing training in computer skills, total quality management, statistical process control, company- specific skills and team building," said Lieutenant Governor Frank O'Bannon at the opening event. "Our administration is committed to providing a skilled workforce enabling Indiana's businesses to be competitive in the world marketplace."
 Production at the new plant will include Fleischmann's and Blue Bonnet retail products as well as chip pats for food service use and institutional-size 400-pound drums. The plant will be capable of manufacturing four million sticks and one million tubs of margarine per day and will supply the central, northern and southeast regions of the country. Nabisco is the second-largest margarine producer in the country, producing more than 500 million pounds of margarine last year.
 The announcement to construct the new plant was made in 1991 after Nabisco determined that the existing plant could no longer meet the company's needs for margarine production. The 161,000-square-foot Roosevelt Avenue facility was build in 1919 and acquired by Nabisco in 1945.
 The Fleischmann's Division, based in Parsippany, N.J. is an operating unit of the Nabisco Foods Group, one of the world's leading food companies. In addition to margarines and spreads, the division makes Egg Beaters 99 percent Real Egg Products. Production facilities also are located in California, Missouri and Texas.
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 /CONTACT: Caroline Fee of Nabisco Foods Group, Fleischmann's Division, 201-682-7140/


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