SuperValu owns Save-a-Lot stores, but its Milton warehouse services other independent grocery stores, including Foodland and Fas-Chek.
Rockefeller also sent a letter to Duncan, stating he hopes the company will examine every opportunity to remain open.
Rockefeller urged Duncan to work with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Ken Hall, international secretary-treasurer of the Teamsters, to keep jobs in Milton.
Hall said the Milton warehouse employs about 100 people, 60 of whom are represented by the Teamsters.
"The average age of the unionized workforce is 57 years old with an average of 30 years of service with the company. The closing is also a significant blow to the local economy as well as to the state of West Virginia," Hall stated.
Luke Farley, a lawyer for Teamsters Local 175, said the local has already started distributing a petition - to local people and local storeowners - asking SuperValu to keeps jobs in the area.
In his letter to Duncan, Rahall said government experts are ready to discuss the needs of Supervalu to keep its Milton center open.
"In terms of assisting with marketing, labor, and transportation benefit analysis, we want to be able to fairly compete with any region of the country by helping companies get the whole picture of business opportunities here in the Mountain State."
Rahall also said the Rahall Transportation Institute in Huntington is willing to work with SuperValu representatives to evaluate the impact infrastructure improvements -- such as the Prichard Intermodal facility in nearby Wayne County and the Heartland Corridor -- could have on SuperValu's business operations in Milton.Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.