RDA Happenings August 2015
Posted on August 1, 2015 – By Emporia RDA
H.J. Baker & Bros. Inc. announced on July 17, 2015 their intention to invest over $8.4 million in a lysine encapsulation plant in Emporia, Kansas. Construction on the 13,000 sq. ft. facility should begin in the late summer or early fall. The facility is scheduled to be operational by the 2nd Quarter 2016.
The facility will be located in Park III in southeast Emporia, northwest of the intersection of Penny Lane and Weaver Street. Employment will grow to 25 full-time within the first five years.
Through our proactive marketing efforts, H.J. Baker was identified. We began discussions with the C-level management team in early February 2015. With the assistance of the Kansas Department of Commerce East Office were able to utilize the various state performance-based incentives.
The lysine, an amino acid, is a feed supplement which increases the overall health of dairy cattle and increases milk production. After several years of research and development, H.J. Baker created MetaboLys® by-pass Lysine. This new product is the most digestible source of Lysine on the mar-ket.
HJ. Baker & Bros. is a privately held corporation with the fourth generation leading the company. The 165 year old company, in 1857 produced castor oil, which at the time was common in most households in America. A by-product of castor oil is pomace, which was a fertilizer product offered by H.J. Baker. Plant and Animal nutrition are the core products of H.J. Baker today.
On July 18th was the third annual Twinkies Festival at the Flint Hills Mall east of the Emporia Host-ess Brands plant. Matt Hall, Hostess Brands Vice-President of Human Resources spoke at the be-ginning of the festival. He highlighted some interesting facts about Emporia’s Hostess Brands plant.
70% of all cake products are produced here
100% of Twinkies, Cupcakes Sno-Balls and Coffee Cakes are baked here.
Both Autobake lines produce 1,100 cakes per minute. Line 1 produces Twinkies and Line 2
Both Autobake lines are capable of producing 500 million cakes annually
The total full-time employment at the Emporia Hostess Brands plant is 550
The restart of Hostess Brands, which sat idle from November 21, 2012 to April 2013 was a direct result of two entrepreneur leaders, Andrew Jhawar and Dean Metropoulos. They had the visionary leadership to bring back the great Hostess Brands. It really is, “the sweetest comeback in the history of ever”.
On February 8, 2015 at the third Hostess Brands ribbon-cutting, Dean Metropoulos stated the fol-lowing, “The reality is that it’s been a great partnership. It’s the model of how business and commu-nity should work together. Most importantly, is the work ethic of our local community and the folks here.”