Saturday, April 16, 2005

US Sugar CEO Quits In Six Months

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Robert Dolson, president and chief executive officer at
U.S. Sugar Corp. will retire Oct. 31, when his five-year contract expires.
Dolson took over the job in 2000 and automated its Clewiston mill. The
company, primarily controlled by the Mott Foundation, has been downsizing
through layoffs and attrition since 2000 although cleverly has kept its
Hendry County property tax abatements on its mill property for promising the
county to add new jobs over the last several years, saving the company
thousands of dollars at the expense of Hendry county taxpayers.

The company will close its Bryant Mill near Pahokee by early 2007. The
company produced 690,000 tons of sugar during this year's harvest. Its
Southern Gardens Citrus subsidiary produces more than 120 million gallons
of orange juice a year and farms about 196,000 acres in Palm Beach, Glades
and Hendry counties.

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