In May, Alden Merrell was acquired by Superior Capital Partners LLC, a Detroit-based private equity firm, and given a new name: Dianne’s Fine Desserts. A spokesman for Superior Capital Partners said at the time that no staffing cuts were planned and that the Alden Merrell name would continue to appear on cakes and other desserts.
About half of the company’s 500 employees work at the Newburyport plant, with the remaining half based in Le Center, Minn.
Knowles praised the city’s response to the potentially devastating incident, saying that help was there within minutes.
“The Fire Department and health inspector were all great,” Knowles said.