Family-owned King’s Hawaiian is building a new $85 million, 150,000-sq-ft bakery across the street from its existing bread production plant at the Oakwood South Industrial Park in Georgia. Opened in 2010 to improve distribution of the company’s breads on the East Coast, the existing facility added a fourth production line, at a cost of approximately $30 million, in 2020 and currently operates on a 24/7 model.
Projected to open in autumn of next year, the new bakery will increase King’s Hawaiian’s production capacity and include space for future expansion to meet growing consumer demand. It is expected to create over 160 new jobs.
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“Georgia has been an important part of King’s Hawaiian for more than a decade, and we are excited to expand our ohana by creating more than 160 new jobs in Hall County,” says Mark Taira, CEO of King’s Hawaiian. “Our partnerships with leaders in food science, manufacturing, and robotics from around the State of Georgia have been critical to King’s Hawaiian’s growth. A talented workforce and a supportive business environment make Hall County the perfect place to increase our investment in the state, and we look forward to continuing to spread the spirit of Aloha through opportunities to give back to the northeast Georgia community for their support.”
The company will be eligible for a Georgia tax credit, allowing it to deduct $1,250 per job from state income taxes annually, up to $1 million over five years, as long as workers make at least $31,300 a year, and may participate in Georgia’s Quick Start program, which provides new workers with training tailored to employers' needs.