Organic frozen-food maker Amy's expanding in Ore.

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WHITE CITY, Ore. (AP) -- Organic frozen-food maker Amy's Kitchen is poised to expand its Oregon operations with the construction of a new warehouse and freezer unit in White City.

The development is the Petaluma, Calif.-based company's first significant expansion in the state since it opened its production facility five years ago.

Chief Operating Officer Scott Reed tells the Mail Tribune that Amy's is consolidating raw materials and finished goods storage at the 50-acre site. The construction will also allow the company to ship directly by rail from its own campus by adding a spur to the adjacent rail line.

Reed says Amy's Kitchen has about 650 full-time employees at White City, but the project won't generate a lot of new hires. Instead, current staff will be reassigned.

Industry observers estimate that such a project could easily cost more than $10 million.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/