by Staff Reporter, Area Development Online
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:28PM EDT
South Coast Baking Company, a wholesale manufacturer of frozen bakery products, opened its second production facility to produce frozen cookie dough in Springdale, Arkansas, with plans to create 150 jobs in the region.
A nearly $8.7 million investment by the company will transform an existing 104,000 square foot building at 800 S. 40th Street in Springdale into a state-of-the-art production center. The central U.S. location of this manufacturing and warehouse facility will significantly mitigate the company’s existing transportation costs, Gov. Mike Beebe’s Office said.
“After carefully considering several regions to expand our California facility, Springdale proved to be a perfect fit for South Coast Baking,” said Kent Hayden, CEO of California-based South Coast Baking. “The city provides us with an opportunity to establish our roots in an economically viable and business-friendly climate. Ultimately our increased production capacity along with geographical freight efficiencies will allow us to better serve our customers.”
South Coast Baking officials expect to initially employ 80 workers with a year-two ramp up of 40 additional employees, reaching 150 total employees during its third year of operation in Springdale. Once remodeling efforts begin in November, the company estimates operations will begin in July of 2014.
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