Bimbo, King's Hawaiian to expand Georgia operations
In the past week, two major bakery brands announced plans to expand on existing facilities in Georgia, creating more than 450 new jobs combined.
On. Nov. 1, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Hawaii-inspired food company King’s Hawaiian will invest more than $85 million in expanding its Oakwood facility, creating more than 160 new jobs.
The new King’s Hawaiian facility will be located across the street from the existing bread production plant at the Oakwood South Industrial Park. It will house a 150,000-square-foot bakery with space for future expansion and will enable King’s Hawaiian to continue to increase production significantly. The new facility is slated to open in Fall of 2023.
The company will be hiring for positions in management, maintenance, food safety, and quality control to support this growth. Interested individuals can learn more and apply at www.kingshawaiian.com/careers.
On Nov. 4, Gov. Kemp announced that Grupo Bimbo, a leading global baking company, will invest more than $200 million to build a second production facility in Valdosta, creating 295 new jobs in Lowndes County.
Grupo Bimbo has 203 plants and more than 1,700 sales centers strategically located in 33 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Its main product lines include fresh and frozen sliced bread, buns, cookies, snack cakes, English muffins, bagels, pre-packaged foods, tortillas, salted snacks, and confectionery products, among others.
Grupo Bimbo’s new facility will be located at the Westside Business Park, a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified site, in Valdosta. To earn GRAD certification, a property must undergo due diligence and complete specific certification requirements prior to a visit by a prospective business. Through this program, Georgia has more than 60 industrial certified sites that are ready for fast-track industrial projects.