Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear Announces Expansion of Country Oven Bakery in Bowling Green

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 08, 2010  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  


Kroger Bakery will create 33 new jobs, invest more than $10.6 million

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 8, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear today joined company and community leaders in Bowling Green to announce the expansion of Country Oven Bakery.  The company, which is owned by The Kroger Co., will add 33 new jobs at the Bowling Green facility and invest more than $10.6 million in the Commonwealth. 

“The Bowling Green, South Central Kentucky community is experiencing a bevy of new and expanding industry growth and the expansion of Country Oven Bakery is yet another prime example of this activity,” said Gov. Beshear. “The creation of 33 new jobs and more than $10.6 million investment is a significant economic boost for the region.  We are proud to partner with The Kroger Co. to make this investment possible.” 

The Bowling Green bakery makes frozen dough products, breads and iced cakes for Kroger.  The expansion will add 50,000 square-feet to the company’s existing 177,000 square-foot facility to accommodate a second cake line.  Country Oven Bakery currently employs 450 people with a total annual payroll of $22.3 million.  The new jobs will have an average annual wage of nearly $50,000 including benefits. 

“On behalf of the 18,000 associates Kroger employs throughout Kentucky in 108 stores and three manufacturing plants, we thank the Bowling Green community and the Commonwealth for their support,” said Roger Bullion, general manager of Country Oven Bakery. “We are Kentucky Proud and excited to continue to grow in this great Commonwealth.”  

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved tax incentives for Kroger up to $825,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment Program.  The incentive can be earned over a 10-year period through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments. 

“We congratulate Country Oven Bakery on this expansion announcement today. Such an announcement demonstrates the strength of this excellent corporate citizen within South Central Kentucky, and we thank Country Oven for its continued support of this community,” said Warren County Judge Executive Michael Buchanon.

“Country Oven Bakery has been a longstanding supporter of our community,” said Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker. “We’re excited for their expansion and congratulate them on this announcement. We look forward to watching Country Oven Bakery grow.” 

A detailed community profile for Bowling Green (Warren County) can be viewed at http://thinkkentucky.com/EDIS/cmnty/index.aspx?cw=067.  Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. 

About Kroger:

Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 334,000 associates who serve customers in 2,468 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 777 convenience stores, 374 fine jewelry stores, 893 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the United States.  Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves.  For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com. 

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