South Coast Baking Co. announced it would open a production facility in Springdale, creating 150 jobs averaging roughly $25 per hour.

Irvine, Calif.-based South Coast Baking, one of the nation’s leading wholesale manufacturers of frozen bakery products such as frozen cookie dough, supplies products to Sam’s Club, Panera Bread, and Mrs. Field’s Cookies. It currently distributes products to more than 38 countries.

“South Coast Baking’s decision to locate in Springdale adds to Arkansas’s reputation as a hub for food manufacturers,” Gov. Mike Beebe said. “The combination of our skilled workforce and a central location for product distribution continues to draw companies here.”

South Coast will invest nearly $8.7 million by renovating an existing 104,000 sq. ft. facility at 800 S. 40th Street in Springdale.

“After carefully considering several regions to expand our California facility, Springdale proved to be a perfect fit for South Coast Baking,” said Kent Hayden, CEO of South Coast Baking. “The city provides us with an opportunity to establish our roots in an economically viable and business-friendly climate. Ultimately our increased production capacity along with geographical freight efficiencies will allow us to better serve our customers.”

The state of Arkansas supplied funding for the move, including money from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund.

“Without the coordinated efforts of various city and state entities, our expansion into Arkansas would not have been possible,” said Hayden. “The Mayor and city officials of Springdale provided us with all the necessary resources to enable us to confidently make our decision. In particular, the incentive program provided by the Governor’s office was a major determining factor. Our experience with the people of Arkansas truly has made this a red carpet event.”

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