grupo Bimbo will invest over $200 million to build a second production facility in Valdosta, Georgia. The expansion of the bakery business will create 295 new jobs in Lowndes County.
“Time and again, companies are recognizing the strengths of communities across Georgia and investing in every corner of the state,” Governor Brian Kemp said. “Last year, we celebrated more than 60% of jobs created outside of the Atlanta metro area, and we remain focused on providing opportunities for all Georgians, regardless of zip code. We We are delighted that Grupo Bimbo has chosen the Peach State for this investment and look forward to others in the years to come.
Grupo Bimbo has 203 factories and more than 1,700 sales centers located in 33 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Its main product lines include fresh and frozen sliced bread, rolls, cookies, cupcakes, English muffins, bagels, pre-packaged foods, tortillas, savory snacks and confectionery products, among others.
Grupo Bimbo’s new facility will be located in Westside Business Park, a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified site, in Valdosta. To achieve GRAD certification, a property must undergo due diligence and meet specific certification requirements before a potential business visits. Thanks to this program, Georgia has more than 60 industrial sites certified ready for accelerated industrial projects.
Georgian Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) worked with Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority, Georgia Quick Start Workforce Training Program and Georgia Power.
“Lowndes County is extremely pleased to welcome Grupo Bimbo to our community and to a diverse group of industries,” said Bill Slaughter, Chairman of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners. “Creating quality jobs for our residents is a top priority for local elected officials. We are confident that the infrastructure and talented workforce in Lowndes County will contribute to the success and future longevity of Grupo Bimbo.
King’s Hawaiian will create more than 160 jobs in Oakwood
Hawaiian-inspired food company King’s Hawaiian® will invest more than $85 million to expand its Oakwood, Georgia plant, creating more 160 new jobs. The company currently employs over 700 Georgians. Due to production needs, the Oakwood plant operates on a 24/7 model.
King’s Hawaiian’s new facility will be located across from the existing Oakwood South Industrial Park bread production plant. It will house a 150,000 square foot bakery with space for future expansion and allow King’s Hawaiian to continue to significantly increase production. The new facility is expected to open in fall 2023.