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June 4, 2013

Packing it in

Grocery supplier ends its run

FARRELL — In glum resignation, Arthur “Doc’’ Mogg said he reached the final decision to close Sharon Packing Co. last week.

“It was a painful decision,’’ the CEO and president of the Farrell company said, as he sat in his office along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Farrell.

Best known locally for its meats and cheeses, the company was a wholesale supplier of a number of grocery items that ranged from condiments to dry goods.

“We did very, very little walk-in trade,’’ Mogg said. “But if some local people came in who needed something big, we would take care of them.’’

While not wanting to get too specific, Mogg said there was a wide variety of reasons for the closing, which included stiffer regulatory requirements, higher gas and insurance costs and other financial concerns.

“It wasn’t one nail in the coffin. It was a million nails.’’ he said.

With close to 600 customers in the Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia market, at its height Sharon Packing employed 48 but more recently hovered in the 20 range.

In the business for 52 years, Mogg wasn’t sure how long the company had been around. But, he added he wouldn’t be surprised if it was close to the century mark.

Once housed along Dock and Chestnut streets in Sharon between Quaker Steak & Lube and the former Old Express building, it moved a short distance to Dock Street and Connelly Boulevard. He moved the main office to its current location in Farrell 22 years ago.

His office filled with local Little League team photos and other endeavors he supported over the years, Mogg is now liquidating the remaining inventory with plans to sell the 13,000-square-foot building. The liquidation could be over as early as the end of this week, he said, adding he hopes not to place the company in bankruptcy.

Now 70, Mogg said he has no plans to retire.

“I need to get a job,’’ he said. “I need to have something to do.’’

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