King’s Hawaiian to build bakery in Georgia

by Eric Schroeder
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TORRANCE, CALIF. — King’s Hawaiian Bakery West, Inc., a producer of Hawaiian sweet bread dinner rolls, sandwich and snack rolls and round bread, is building an 111,000-square-foot bakery and distribution facility in Oakwood, Ga.

The project is expected to create 126 new jobs over two years, and an additional 100 jobs by around 2015, King’s Hawaiian said. Production is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011.

“In spite of the short time since our first meeting with the folks from the state of Georgia and Hall county, our relationship already feels as if it’s based on years of trust and collaboration to make this a great place to work and live,” said Mark Taira, chief executive officer of King’s Hawaiian. “We are looking forward to being a member of this fabulous community. I’ve learned that the spirit of Aloha lives in Hawaii and in Georgia; only the accent is a little different.”

King’s Hawaiian was founded in 1950 as a tiny storefront bakery in Hilo, Hawaii. The company later moved its headquarters to Torrance in 1977, and today operates a 150,000-square-foot bakery that produces more than 1.2 million lbs of breads and rolls daily and continues to expand its distribution nationwide. Half of all branded dinner rolls sold in the United States today are from King’s Hawaiian.

In addition to its baking facilities, King’s Hawaiian operates King’s Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant in Torrance, which opened in 1988, and launched its fast-casual restaurant concept, The Local Place, in 2002.

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