YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — Steve Cooper has joined Schwebel Baking Co. as chief operating officer. Mr. Cooper most recently was general manager at J&J Snack Foods, and earlier was senior vice-president at Hostess Brands.

“We look forward to strengthening our team with Steve on board, who will bring his talents, energy and leadership to the next phase of the company’s growth,” said Paul Schwebel, president. “Steve will help Schwebel’s further penetrate our markets and expand our product offerings to appeal to a broader base of consumers.”

Steve Cooper, Schwebel Baking Co.'s new c.o.o.

Mr. Cooper said he is looking forward to his new position at the family bakery.

“Schwebel’s is a dynamic and highly successful company,” he said. “I’m pleased to join an organization that has established itself as a premiere regional market share leader with top-selling brands and an extremely loyal customer base. For over a century, Schwebel’s has built a reputation any company would be proud of.”

Schwebel Baking Co., founded in 1906 in the kitchen of Joseph and Dora Schwebel, is one of the largest family-owned, independent baking companies in America, producing a variety of fresh bread, buns and rolls under the Schwebel’s, ‘taliano, Millbrook, Country Hearth, Roman Meal, Sun-Maid Raisin, and Cinnabon brand names. The company operates 4 bakeries and 35 distribution centers. Schwebel’s distributes its products in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.