Maplehurst Bakeries expanding in Indiana
by Eric Schroeder
LEBANON, IND. — Maplehurst Bakeries, L.L.C., a division of Weston Foods, will invest $77.8 million to renovate and equip a new 180,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon. The facility, which is expected to be operational in March 2015, will house the company’s warehouse, distribution and manufacturing operations for its cake and cupcake products.
In total, the manufacturer and seller of frozen bakery products for in-store and food service bakeries said it expects to create up to 219 new jobs by 2017. Maplehurst Bakeries currently has more than 1,000 employees across the United States, including more than 300 full-time employees in Indiana.
“This new state-of the-art plant will give Maplehurst Bakeries the added capacity to better serve our North American customers with a wider product assortment of cakes,” said Kevin McDonough, president of Maplehurst Bakeries’ Weston Food's frozen division.
Founded in 1967, Maplehurst Bakeries produces frozen bakery products, including donuts, pies, cupcakes, cake, rye bread, sweet goods and gluten-free baked goods, for in-store and food service bakeries. With products sold in North American grocery retailers, supermarket chains and food service outlets, the company currently operates facilities in Carrollton, Ga.; Brownsburg, Ind.; Manchester, N.H.; Frankfort, N.Y.; and Kent, Wash.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Maplehurst Bakeries, L.L.C. up to $1,075,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans.