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The Cleanup Continues At Dietz And Watson Plant

(Credit: Mike Dougherty)

(Credit: Mike Dougherty)

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By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The rotten meat is gone. The rancid smell is slowly abating. Within a few weeks, what’s left of the massive Dietz & Watson plant will be torn down.

As the cleanup from this month’s massive fire at the Dietz and Watson in Delanco continues, Burlington County officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the company will remain in the area.

What come next is what’s on top of the mind of Joe Donnelly, chairman of the Burlington County Freeholders. He told company officials how bad he felt about the fire.

Donnelly says, “One of the words right after that out of my mouth were that we look forward to you rebuilding in Burlington County and we look forward to working with you to see how we can get you folks rebuilt.”

And why not? Dietz and Watson is one of the county’s larger employers.The hundred plus people who had worked in Delanco are now based in Philadelphia.

The company is focused on the cleanup. A spokesman this week indicated there’s been little if any talk at this point about what comes after that.

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