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50 - CA]PE GET[, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 Outlets Continued from page 48 mize its cost for increasing securi- ty. When Rehoboth Outlets Center began a construction project to build additional restrooms in Re- hoboth Outlets Center 3, Soots " capitalized on the project by ex- panding the building plans to in- clude addition of an office at the south end of the center. "We just took advantage of including it in the public restroom addition," said Soots. According to Capt. Michael Neal, Troop 7 commander, pro- viding staffing for the office was relatively simple. Officers from the Rural Community Policing Unit that is currently based at the troop, will often work out of the satellite office. The satellite loca- tion will give the unit an advan- tage: it will be physically closer to West Rehoboth, one of the Strong Communities to which it is as- signed. Neal said officers assigned to the Route 1 corridor sector will al- so work out of the satellite. The location is advantageous to those officers, too, because the location of the substation will allow them quicker response time to locations within the sector. He said he also envisions officers performing foot patrols in the outlets. Neal said that officers will be able to process many complaints through the substation. "They can write both criminal and traffic summonses from there," said Neal. The office has a fax ma- chine, a camera for taking mug shots or recording evidence, and equipment to take fingerprints. Neal said that felony crimes will continue to be processed through Troop 7. "We do have professionals who come to the outlets to steal," said Neal. Those cases, he said, unfold differently than crimes committed by amateurs. Professional thieves, he said, have sophisticat- ed methods for removing property from businesses. "Most of the time, when we have a felony-level shoplifting case, we call the detectives in,, said Hagan. When they assume the investigation, it expedites the arresting officers' time to return to their patrol work, he said. Addi- tionally, when professionals are involved, there may be links to other cases that detectives are pur- Suing. "I think it's a great asset for Re- hoboth Outlets as well as the Poultry Continued from page 48 market with a customer base that's been firmly established for more than 30 years. "But that market slowed up tremendousIy. A lot of'producers went to Russia with product and when that mar- ket closed up a lot of chickens were dumped to Asia which de- creased prices. Our total Asian volume dropped to 12 percent as a result. We found other markets for what we couldn't sell in Asia - but not at good prices - and we put some of the chicken in the freezer. It's a timing thing." Townsend said for his compa- ny, the market began turning around toward a better situation about six months ago. "Things are improving. Some of our mar- kets are coming back. They need to eat and they know the quality of our product and they're coming back to us." Townsend said his operation employs about 2,700 people in Sussex County. Between three separate operations in Delaware, Arkansas and North Carolina, Townsend's produces about 121 million chickens annually trans- lating into about 600,000 pounds of chicken for the northeastern U.S. and Asian markets. "Our proximity to the northeast market gives us a real reason to be here [on Delmarva]. That's a real ad- vantage for us. Things will have to improve. I'm very optimistic about our longterm prospects here," said Townsend, who has a home in Henlopen Acres and whose family has been involved in the'poultry business since its beginnings in 1923. Charles C. Allen, chairman and CEO of Allen Family Foods Inc., said weakness in overseas economies has had direct impact on his company. "First there was the bird flu overseas and then the Asian con- tagion - the economic situation - began to take its toll. People in Sussex County - our company - have been affected by things hap- pening halfway around the world. We have an office in Russia and we have a longterm relationship with many Asian markets. Any collapses over there - whether they be political strife, tariffs or other economic barriers or natural disasters - they cause us problems. In the last several weeks we've seen a reduction in the prices were getting for leg quarter products. That's because the business in Russia'has been lost. What we're getting now is half of what we were getting during the summer. The Russians announced that they planned to devalue the ruble on Aug. 17. You could see the prob- lems that would cause. Now we have to find other markets. That hurts us," said Allen. Allen said the poultry business is much like farming. "You don't always recover the cost you have in your product," he said. "The business is risky. You start with an egg in your hand today and in ten weeks you will have a ma:r- ketable product. But you have no idea what you're going to get for it. The same goes for farmer's. They plant a seed in the spring. They know they'll harvest in the fall but they have no idea what they'll get for their crop." Allen said his company exports 11 percent of what it produce.'s. He also said the firm employs about 1,200 people in Sussex County between its processing plants, hatchery and offices in Seaford. Allen also has fully inte- grated poultry operations in Mary- land and North Carolina. He said the company's total payroll - counting all of the operations - is $62 million per year. "I think the basic principles of business are encouraging for our industry over the long haul. Peo- pie like chicken. It's healthy, nu- tritious and affordable. I'm the third generation of my family to be in this business and the fourth generation is graduating from col- lege now. I expect to be here in another 25 years and certainly them too." Political concerns Allen said he has a real concern about politicians getting involved in the poultry business due to the question of how to best use chick- en manure to avoid pollution problems. "I'm always worried when politician get to be your partners and start making rules without all the facts. First we have to deter- mine if there's a problem and then work to fix whatever we find. If people are sincerely interested in Continued on page 59 It's Like Being on Vacation 365 Days a Year. From the $130's to $175,900 (iud  and tme) I . Covmd pochN hrb/g0l c0urte . Public retie & uwer .! 2.car garagN Pool & pool house . Sb,ml Woods a.di d envy .. LPg gu heatg The Villages of Old Landing is located on Old Landing Road between Highway One and Rehoboth Bay adjacent to the golf course. Four finished models open eve/day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (302) 227-7989 or 1-800-344-1814 outside of Sussex County Delaware State Police," said Soots. 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