Friday, September 21, 2007

We're Losing our Juice

There's a lot of talk about the First World losing jobs to the Third World, but there's a lot more activity within the First World itself, where jobs shift within the so-called developed nations, or within a single nation, or within a single state:

Sunkist Growers is consolidating its Citrus Juice & Oil operations, which process citrus fruit into juice and other byproducts. The lemon processing operations currently housed in Ontario, California will move to Sunkist’s state-of-the-art processing facility in Tipton, California, which currently focuses on processing oranges and tangerines.

“By consolidating the two operations in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley citrus- growing area, we achieve greater economies of scale and increased efficiencies,” said Ted Leaman, Vice President of Sunkist’s Juice and Oil business. “The Tipton facility is a newer, more modern facility.”...

The Sunkist plant has been a fixture for many years, anchoring a large portion of Sunkist Street in east Ontario. Built in 1926, the complex is home to the plant that processes citrus juices, oils and aromas, and, until recently, Sunkist’s Research facilities where many of the innovations found in today’s citrus packinghouses were invented. The Tipton facility was built in 1981 and its operations have been continually upgraded.

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