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Hope Baking Company Expands Hope, Arkansas, Production Operations

Hope Baking Company, a division of East Baking Company, plans to expand manufacturing operations in Hope, Arkansas. The more than $37 million project is expected to create 266 jobs over two years.

The Hope Baking Company facility will produce a range of bakery items, including breadsticks, English muffins, fully baked breads, and seasonal brown and serve rolls.

“Hope Baking Company is excited to be reinvigorating the operation of the bakery and equipment located in Hope, Arkansas and looks forward to steady expansion of its employment count,” said Dan Serra, owner of Hope Baking Company.

Hope Baking Company is a division of East Baking Company, which acquired Southern Bakeries in March 2023. East Baking Company manufactures and distributes high-quality bread and bakery products.

“Thank you, Hope Baking Company, for placing your confidence in the Natural State,” noted Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). “South Arkansas has the workforce and resources that enable businesses to thrive, and we congratulate community leaders for creating an environment that attracts new industry and encourages reinvestment from existing companies.”

“Hope Baking Company’s expansion in Hope, Arkansas is a true entrepreneurial success story. At the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation, we work with existing business and industry to create an environment where we can foster existing business growth in our community,” added Anna Powell, president of the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation.

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