Petri’s factory purchased for storage

SILVER CREEK Petri’s Baking Products has been sold.

According to Crescent Manufacturing President Rich Frazer, the detergent-making company closed the sale of the building on Wednesday.

Petri’s produced cookies in the village of Silver Creek for decades before the company was sold to Ralcorp Holdings in 2012 and Ralcorp was purchased by ConAgra Foods in 2013. It was announced that year the plant would close, leaving 228 workers without jobs.

Crescent Manufacturing is a private-brand manufacturer of laundry and household cleaning products – both standard formulas and DfE-certified all-natural formulas. The company was established in 1989 and its headquarters are located in North Collins.

Frazer said right now this move will not create jobs at the location.

“We are going to use the factory in Silver Creek as warehouse space to store bottles and things and we will possibly lease out other portions,” he said. “It is hard to say (if jobs will be created). Initially, we are just planning to use it for storage but we do have development plans that have not been formulated yet. It is still early. We have not assessed the building’s potential yet.”

He said ConAgra was great to work with in the sale and left the factory in great condition. He said they will likely not have a grand opening but will meet with local officials soon to introduce themselves to the community.

Crescent’s mission is to serve the marketplace as an agile and efficient manufacturer of quality liquid products for home and auto. It manufactures a full line of laundry and household cleaning products, from value brand to national brand equivalent.

Its products include laundry detergent, fabric softener, household cleaners for kitchen and bath, toilet bowl cleaners, drain openers, ready-to-use spray cleaners, dilutable cleaners and all-natural laundry and household cleaning products.

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