Fresh Mark Buys Property Next to Its Plant for $1.4M

SALEM, Ohio – Fresh Mark Inc. has purchased property at 1729 Lincoln Ave. here, adjacent to its meat processing plant, for $1.4 million.

The seller, Salem Logistics LLC, had owned the property since 2008, when it paid $505,000 for it. The building was reappraised in 2016 for a total value of $1,098,500. The building is currently occupied by Plibrico Refractory Construction’s Midwest operations. 

The building is 17,230 square feet, according to the Columbiana County Auditor’s Office. It was built in 1999. 

Fresh Mark, based in Massillon, operates four meat processing plants in Ohio, with a site in Canton and two in Massillon. The company processes bacon, ham, sausage, hot dogs and lunch meats for the Sugardale and Superior’s brands.

In April the plant temporarily closed due to a coronavirus outbreak, but has since reopened. 

In June 2018, U.S. Customs and Enforcement executed a search warrant at two Fresh Mark plants – Salem and one in Massillon – and arrested 146 migrant workers.

Thirteen workers were eventually indicted for using false documentation. Separate lawsuits filed against Fresh Mark claim the company knowingly hired undocumented immigrants.

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