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Gallia county business leader buys Bob Evans Farms transportation facility

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Bob Evans Farms, Inc. officials announced the sale of its former transportation center in Bidwell, Ohio.

The facility and surrounding land was sold to Foster Sales & Delivery, a distribution company based in Gallia county.


The company announced in May it would move trucking operations to Springfield, Ohio, to be closer to its distribution center.

Maintenance, repair and dispatch operations for the company along with more than 60 employees transitioned to the new facility back in November.



A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of the transportation center will go to the newly created Bob Evans Farms Foundation, which is intended to carry on the philanthropic spirit of company founder Bob Evans.

One of the first grants will be to the University of Rio Grande for scholarships in the Bob Evans Hospitality Management program.

The program opened in the fail of 2112 and offers accredited bachelor's and associate degrees through the University with the opportunity for students to work full-time for Bob Evans.



According to the Ohio Restaurant Association, the hospitality industry and restaurants in particular, has been a steady source of jobs in a struggling economy and generates $16 billion in sales for the state and provides  530,000 jobs.




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