Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear Participates in Ribbon-Cutting for Flowers Foods Bakery in Bardstown

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

State-of-the-art bakery represents $52 million investment, up to 145 new jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 10, 2009) –  Gov. Steve Beshear and Economic Development Cabinet officials today joined Bardstown and Nelson County leaders and officials from Flowers Foods in a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the opening of Flowers Baking Co. of Bardstown. The new 197,000-square-foot bakery is located in the Nelson County Industrial Park. 

Flowers Foods announced its decision to locate a bakery subsidiary in Bardstown in late 2007, and is investing approximately $52 million in the project.  The bakery currently has more than 100 employees and associates and anticipates its workforce growing to approximately 145 in 2010 when a second production line is added.  

“I’m pleased to join Flowers Foods and the citizens of Nelson County to officially commemorate the opening of this new state-of-the-art bakery,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Flowers Foods is a fantastic company that I am confident will have years of success here in Bardstown.”   

Flowers Foods currently operates 39 highly efficient bakeries that produce breads, buns, rolls, snack cakes and pastries, which are sold through an extensive direct-store-delivery network that encompasses the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest as well as select markets in California and Nevada, and nationwide through other delivery systems.  

Among the company’s brands are Nature’s Own, Whitewheat, Cobblestone Mill, Mary Jane and Friends, and Blue Bird. The new Bardstown bakery was built to help the company meet growing demand for its fresh bakery products in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri.   

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the support we’ve received from the Nelson Fiscal Court, the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, the Nelson County Economic Development Agency, and the city of Bardstown,” said Gene Lord, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Flowers Foods. “We’ve assembled a great team at our Bardstown bakery and we look forward to being a part of the community.”  

Bardstown’s state-of-the-art bakery has an efficient, high-speed production line (10,000 loaves of bread per hour) that produces breads that meet high standards of quality and flavor. It features the latest baking technology—including an integrated computer system using advanced programmable logic computers, and robotic tray loaders. The bakery also has a monitoring system designed to conserve energy usage. 

"Flowers Foods is a tremendous addition to the industrial and employment base here in Bardstown and Nelson County,” said Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton.  “They are the right company with the right product at the right time for our community and Kentucky."      

"We celebrate with Flowers Foods as they begin their Bardstown operations,” said Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts.  “We thank this quality company for these quality jobs and wish Flowers Foods much success." 

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Flowers Foods for tax benefits up to $2 million under the Kentucky Industrial Development Act, an incentive program designed to attract and expand manufacturing operations in the state.  

Additionally, the project was approved by KEDFA for up to $400,000 in benefits under the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies investing $500,000 or more in Kentucky to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on the cost of construction materials, building fixtures and equipment used for research and development.  Workforce training grants were also approved by the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation in the amount of $175,000.  

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