J. Skinner Baking & Campbell Soup expansions make state’s ‘Top 10′ list for food processing industry

J. Skinner Bakery Company’s taking over of the former Sara Lee plant and a Campbell Soup’s expansion of its operation was big important economic news not only for Paris and Lamar County, but for Texas as well.

The office of Gov. Rick Perry recently released a report on the “Big Stories from Texas” economically for 2012-2013. Campbell Soup’s expansion in Paris and J. Skinner Bakery’s expansion into Paris both made the Top 10 for the food processing industry.

“This is great news for Paris,” Steve Gilbert, executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, said in an e-mail Sunday night. “I wanted you all to know.”

The report listed the Top 10 new economic “wins” for Texas in seven categories: 1) Aerospace and Aviation; 2)Information Technology and High Tech; 3) Data Centers; 4) Financial Services; 5) Oil and Gas; 6) Advanced Manufacturing; and 7) Food Procesing.



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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.