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King’s Hawaiian Plans Oakwood, Georgia, Production Complex

Hawaii-inspired food company King’s Hawaiian will expand its operations in Oakwood, Georgia. The more than $85 million project is expected to create 160 jobs.

The new facility will be located across the street from the existing bread production plant at the Oakwood South Industrial Park. It will house a 150,000-square-foot bakery with space for future expansion and will enable the company to continue to increase production significantly.

"Georgia has been an important part of King’s Hawaiian for more than a decade, and we are excited to expand our ohana by creating more than 160 new jobs in Hall County," said Mark Taira, CEO of King’s Hawaiian. "Our partnerships with leaders in food science, manufacturing, and robotics from around the State of Georgia have been critical to King’s Hawaiian’s growth.”

"King’s Hawaiian has truly become part of the community in Oakwood, and they recognize the value in creating mutually beneficial relationships," noted GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "Beyond providing jobs and opportunities for locals, the company has worked with the University System of Georgia to offer learning and career development opportunities for students. King’s Hawaiian has engaged with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech’s manufacturing and robotics experts to innovate new methods for food processing. Congratulations to our partners in Hall County, and we look forward to many more years of strong partnership with King’s Hawaiian."

King's Hawaiian is a family-owned company best known for its line of Original Recipe Hawaiian Sweet Bread. The company originated in Hilo, Hawaii in 1950. Today, the headquarters is located in Gardena, California, with manufacturing facilities in Torrance, California. and in Oakwood. The company also has two restaurant operations in Torrance.

"The 'Aloha Spirit' is strong in Hall County and Northeast Georgia," added Kit Dunlap, President and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. "King's Hawaiian is a great corporate citizen and leader in the business community. King’s Hawaiian and its employees make an impact through their support of many programs including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Junior Achievement, and Youth Leadership Hall, benefitting both kids and the community. We are very excited to grow our long-term partnership in this community and Georgia."

Senior Project Manager Kristen Miller represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce team in partnership with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Power.

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