Dole Food Co. signed a lease that will keep its operations at the Port of Wilmington for another 15 years.

The company, which announced in August its decision to keep shipping bananas to Delaware, had considered moving 52 ships a year to a new port in Paulsboro.

Dole has been in Wilmington since 1982. Delaware lawmakers have appropriated $31 million for port improvements. - Reid Kanaley