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Skally’s Old World Bakery Plans $40 Million Production Complex In West Harrison, Indiana

10/06/2015
Skally’s Old World Bakery, a family-owned bagel and pita bread bakery, plans to establish production operations in West Harrison, Indiana. The company plans on creating up to 150 new high-wage jobs by 2021.

Skally’s Old World Bakery will invest $40 million to construct and equip a 350,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility in West Harrison, which will house a bread production line serving customers in 40 states across the United States. The building, which will be located along I-74 at Brookville/US 52 exit, will complement the company’s existing two-story 42,000-square-foot facility in Cincinnati.

“The Skally family is excited at the opportunity to take our family business to Dearborn County, expanding operations and creating new jobs in West Harrison, Indiana,” said Ephraim Skally, Founder/CEO of Skally’s Old World Bakery.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Skally’s Old World Bakery up to $900,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The county will offer additional incentives at the request of Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission.

“Based on its location, ease of build, and infrastructure assets, the site for the Skally’s project is one of the most premier manufacturing sites in the unincorporated portion of our county, said Shane McHenry, President of the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners. “We value long term commitments and were looking for a community-minded employer. It was an added bonus that they, similar to our recent Whitewater Mill project, are a business of several generations with a long tradition of quality. Just great people who want to be great neighbors and mirror our values as a community.”

The Skally family founded Old World Bakery in 1977 in a 17-foot-wide, 1,275-square-foot bakery in Cincinnati. The bakery originally focused on pita bread and added a bagel line in 1981. The bakery has since grown exponentially, now baking and packaging 24,000 bagels and 10,000 loaves of pita every hour to ship to customers across the country. The company, which currently employs 96 associates, plans to begin construction in March of next year. The bakery anticipates hiring for production line, quality assurance and IT positions in 2017.

“I’m excited to welcome Skally’s Old World Bakery to the Hoosier State,” said Governor Mike Pence. "Like this family-owned business, Indiana was built on shared values of tradition, quality and hard work, and it’s our strong Hoosier workforce that helps Indiana stand out as the ideal place to do business.”

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