March 1, 2007 |
Dietz & Watson Inc., a 68-year-old Philadelphia producer of deli meats, is opening a distribution center in Delanco, where the company could eventually relocate its headquarters. The distribution center will employ 100 when it is in full operation in several months. President Louis Eni said yesterday that the company had been renting cold-storage facilities for several years, raising operating costs and making it hard to consolidate orders for supermarket chains and other customers.
September 3, 2013 |
Firefighters battled a multi-alarm fire late into Sunday night that ravaged the six-year-old Dietz & Watson warehouse on Coopertown Road in Delanco, which stores meats and cheeses from company factories in three states. The blaze remained out of control as of 9 p.m., and crews were expected to fight the fire well into the night, according to Burlington County's fire and EMS dispatch center. Flames were reported along the roof, which has solar panels mounted on it, about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the Delanco Fire Department.
September 12, 2013 |
The massive Labor Day weekend fire at Dietz & Watson's Delanco warehouse destroyed not just the building but also two weeks' supply of deli meat, hot dogs, and hams. To make up for the loss, management called production workers in on Labor Day, even before the blaze was declared under control late that afternoon. "We have produced record amounts of product in one week," Louis J. Eni Jr., chief executive of the 74-year-old, family-owned firm, said in an interview Monday, after working through the weekend, as did the entire company.
October 22, 2013 |
More than a month after a fire gutted its Burlington County meat warehouse, leaving a rancid smell hanging in the air, Dietz & Watson has hauled away up to 10 million pounds of meat and demolished most of the building. The stench is virtually gone from the company site in Delanco Township, some residents in nearby Edgewater Park said, and an odor-neutralizing solution has spouted out of supply hoses and aerosol fogging nozzles around the clock. "We're pleased and feel very good that those neighbors are breathing fresh air again," company spokesman Steve Aaron said last week.
September 12, 2016 |
Three years ago, on the Saturday before Labor Day, Louis Eni, 63, Dietz & Watson chief executive, was kayaking near his beach home in Ocean City, N.J., when his wife came out on the dock and motioned him toward the house. His brother was on the phone. There was a fire at the Philadelphia deli company's warehouse in Delanco, Burlington County. "It was bad. As I'm driving up from the Shore, you can see the smoke from miles away. You go numb," Eni said. The refrigerated warehouse held all of Dietz & Watson's inventory ready for shipping.
October 12, 2015 |
UNION PROTESTERS who were working a picket line yesterday outside of Dietz & Watson's Northeast Philadelphia plant twice found themselves having to dodge the fenders of company employees. Police said two members of the Millwrights Local 1906 were struck by a GMC truck that was driven through a picket line by a Dietz & Watson official about 8 a.m. Members of the Police Department's Civil Affairs Unit, who were at the plant monitoring the protest, tried in vain to get the motorist to stop.
June 26, 2014 |
Cold cuts maker Dietz & Watson Co. will build a $50 million, 200,000-square-foot trucking and distribution center on 20 acres next to its Tacony Street headquarters and meat plant, on land once part of the defunct Frankford Arsenal. The decision was first reported from industry sources June 18 in The Inquirer and confirmed Tuesday by company, city and state sources. The center will employ 110, who will pack and ship Dietz & Watson foods to delicatessens and markets. The company expects to hire around 50 additional workers over the next few years.
September 22, 2013 |
DELANCO Nearly three weeks after a blaze torched a Burlington County warehouse, there was a flare-up Friday afternoon at the Delanco site, the township fire chief said. Fire Chief Ron Holt called the fire at the Dietz & Watson warehouse "a minor blaze. " On Sept. 1, an 11-alarm fire broke out around 1:45 p.m.; it was brought under control the next day. A few hot spots remained in parts of the building, which made it unsafe to enter for demolition, Holt said then. On Sept. 11, rubble ignited in the middle of the building, causing a flare-up; it was extinguished two hours later.
September 5, 2013 |
As smoke continued to waft from the fire-gutted Dietz & Watson warehouse in Delanco, officials probed the cause of the multialarm blaze, and the company on Tuesday expressed confidence it would be able to get its products to its customers. "If there's any glitches at all, it will be minor and over the next couple of weeks," Dietz & Watson spokesman Steve Riley said. "The products are perishable, so we don't have months and months of supply on hand at Delanco. It's usually into Delanco and out really quickly after that.
December 9, 2002 |
The third-generation owners of Dietz & Watson Inc. are sticklers for cleanliness. First thing each day at the company's Philadelphia meat-processing plant, quality-control workers check every piece of equipment to make sure the cleaning crew did its job. Then, before the plant on Tacony Street near the Frankford Armory begins churning out the day's 500,000 hot dogs and other meat items, workers disinfect the marinating vessels, grinders and...