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John S. Forrester
September 22, 2022
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Image courtesy of Hostess Brands/Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Snacks manufacturer Hostess Brands is investing up to $140 million to transform a shuttered facility in Arkadelphia, AR into a new, 300,000-sq-ft sustainability-oriented bakery. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) announced that the company held an event with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on September 15 to reveal the signage for the planned location.
“As Hostess Brands continues to focus on building a socially responsible, modern, snacking powerhouse, we are excited to reach another milestone in our journey to bring a sustainability-first bakery to the Arkadelphia community,” the firm’s president and chief executive officer, Andy Callahan, said in a release. “Unveiling the Hostess Brands sign at this once-idle facility is tangible evidence of our commitment to deliver on our sustainability priorities, while also meeting the growing demand among consumers for our iconic and innovative snacks.”
Opening the new facility will enable Hostess to boost its capacity for Donettes products and cake platforms by 20%.
A minimum of 150 new jobs will be created in the Arkadelphia area over the next three years due to Hostess’ investment.
Plans for the project were first announced in early March, Powder & Bulk Solids reported. The company said at the time that the site would be designed to accommodate additional capacity increases in the coming years.
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