Hostess Brands Inc., together with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other state and local government officials, unveiled the signage at its upcoming bakery and celebrated the innovation, economic investment and job creation it will bring to central Arkansas.
Hostess is investing $120 million to $140 million to convert the closed Arkadelphia factory into a 330,000-square-foot bakery, which is expected to be operational in the second half of 2023 and bring at least 150 new jobs to the Arkadelphia community over the next three years.
With the opening of the Arkadelphia facility, Hostess Brands will increase its bakery capacity on its Donettes and cake platforms by approximately 20% to meet increasing consumer demand for its sweet snacks.
"As Hostess Brands continues to focus on building a socially responsible, modern, snacking powerhouse, we are excited to reach another milestone in our journey to bring a sustainability-first bakery to the Arkadelphia community," Andy Callahan, president and chief executive officer of Hostess Brands, said in the announcement. "Unveiling the Hostess Brands' sign at this once-idle facility is tangible evidence of our commitment to deliver on our sustainability priorities, while also meeting the growing demand among consumers for our iconic and innovative snacks. We thank Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson, state and local officials and the Arkadelphia business community for partnering with us to make this new bakery a reality."