Williams Orchards has acquired the former Hi-Quality fruit packing facility on Fruitgrowers Road in a lease/purchase deal.
Connie Williams told the DCI that the company is already using the facility for fruit packing and processing. "We just finished peaches and are ready to start apples," she said last week.
Williams noted that her husband, Dan, worked on the building's construction when he was in high school.
The family business owned the building and sold it 26 years ago, she said. It has been mostly unused for some years and is now back in service as a contributing part of the valley's fruit industry.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.