By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a devastating fire last year at a Dietz & Watson deli products distribution plant in Delanco, NJ, today was a happier day for the fourth-generation, family-run business.

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Company and elected officials took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $50-million expansion project.

Dietz & Watson will be extending its operation onto 20 acres next to its headquarters and meat plant in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.

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“A tremendous opportunity for our family-owned company to grow in the city and state that has supported us for 75 years,” said company CEO Louis Eni, son of company doyenne Ruth (“Momma Dietz”) Eni.  “The chance to have a true campus.  We are going to have our kitchens here, our distribution center, our transportation hub, and our corporate headquarters — all going to be located right here.”

Officials say the expansion project will add 158 new jobs and retain 691 jobs.

 

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