Perdue will open training center in Downtown Salisbury

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Perdue Farms’ plan to open a corporate training center on Main Street, will put scores more people Downtown, where their patronage will boost the local economy.

A pleased Mayor Jake Day, at a brief news conference this week, announced a 5,000-square-foot training center will open in the Main Place building, at 220 East Main St. It will be used for training and meetings.

Locating the center Downtown “will bring dozens a day, hundreds at times and thousands in a year to Downtown Salisbury and will have an impact on Salisbury, with patrons using restaurants, bars, hotels and other shops that will benefit from their presence,” Day told a small crowd that assembled for the announcement.

The building, he said, will be “another anchor component to Downtown Salisbury.”

Perdue, known worldwide, is the largest employer on the Delmarva Peninsula. Founded in 1920 by Arthur Perdue, it grew under Frank Perdue and is now run by Jim Perdue.

Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development Director Dave Ryan said that companies today have many choices about where to make investments, so business leaders are grateful that Perdue chose a Downtown Salisbury venue.

“We appreciate the business. We thank you for your business. Thank you for your investment and thank you for the jobs,” he said.

Also attending to formally sign the lease was Kathryn Danko-Lord of Perdue, the poultry company’s Director of Talent Management and Organizational Development.

She said the training center will be a place for meetings, to share ideas and learn about leadership.

Salisbury Architect Keith Fisher is overseeing the building renovations. The building’s owner, Blair Rinnier of Rinnier Development Co., was there to sign the lease with Danko-Lord. John McClellan, senior adviser at SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate, coordinated the signing.

Day said Salisbury is experiencing record job growth, so having a major employer such as Perdue come to Downtown reinforces “we’re doing something right,” Day said.

“For more than three generations, Perdue has been a cornerstone of our community. They’ve employed thousands, and brought millions of dollars home to Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” Day said.

“Through years of growth and expansion, Perdue’s headquarters of operation has remained right here in Salisbury, and the company’s well-known, decades-long commitment to its hometown is as strong now as ever before,” he said.

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Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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