Toronto-based artisan bread Maker ACE Bakery announced Thursday, Nov. 9, it will invest an additional $31.9 million to expand its Cherokee County plant and create 40 jobs during the next few years.
ACE Bakery, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, said the investment will add 80,000 square feet to its facility at 131 Corporate Drive in Gaffney.
The company said it also plans to add a production line and double the size of its existing freezer.
“We at ACE Bakery are very excited with the opportunity Cherokee County has provided us to expand our business,” said Roy Benin, president of ACE Bakery, in a statement. ‘The region’s growth, as well as the workforce and infrastructure, were key factors in expanding our bakery. We appreciate the support from the State of South Carolina and Cherokee County, and look forward to continuing this great partnership.”
ACE Bakery opened the 60,000-square-foot, $18.4 million facility in 2013 in the former Romeo Rim plant. It was the company’s first full-scale bakery operation in the U.S. and initially created more than 50 jobs.
The company, which produces a variety of baked goods sold across North America, said continued growth led to the expansion announcement.
“We are excited about the planned expansion of ACE Bakery in Cherokee County,” said Tim Spencer, Cherokee County Council chairman, in a statement. “We look forward to many years of partnership with the company as they expand their operations and employee base.”
“Cherokee County is committed to supporting existing industry in an increasingly competitive market environment,” Spencer added.
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2018.
For more information, visit: acebakery.com.