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Hostess Brands Establishes Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Production Center

Leading snack company Hostess Brands, Inc. will convert an idled factory into a state-of-the-art bakery in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The $120-$140 million project is expected to create 150 jobs over the next three years.

The company will transform the 330,000-square-foot facility into a next-generation bakery. The location is expected to be operational in the second half of 2023.

"We've been profitably gaining market share across the snacking categories in which we compete," said Andy Callahan, president and CEO of Hostess Brands. "The addition of this new bakery signals our confidence that we expect the growth we have demonstrated over the last several years to continue."

Hostess Brands' decision to renovate an existing building will reduce the company's costs for the new bakery as well as minimize environmental impacts.

"This is a huge win for Arkadelphia, Clark County and the entire state," said Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. "Hostess is going to build a bakery of the future in Arkansas by transforming this site into a facility focused on sustainable design and practices. In addition, the Hostess facility will create 150 new jobs in south Arkansas that will have a lasting impact on the local economy."

The new bakery will increase the company's capacity across its bakeries on its Donettes and cake platforms by approximately 20%. It will also enable the company to accommodate production growth in the future.

"Clark County will continue to attract high-quality businesses such as Hostess Brands and provide them with the resources they need to invest, create jobs and produce premium products," said J.L. Griffin, CEO of Arkadelphia Alliance. "We are thrilled to begin a long-term partnership with Hostess Brands to bring further opportunities."

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