New Georgia Food Industry Investments Total $285M+

Grupo Bimbo will invest over $200 million to expand in Valdosta, King’s Hawaiian will invest more than $85 million in its Oakwood facility.

“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. A talented workforce and a supportive business environment make Hall County the perfect place to increase our investment in the state, and we look forward to continuing to spread the spirit of Aloha through opportunities to give back to the northeast Georgia community for their support.”

“Great job creators like King’s Hawaiian continue to expand their operations here in the Peach State because they know we’re a safe bet for success,” said Gov. Kemp. “Since coming to Georgia, King’s Hawaiian has worked with the No. 1 workforce training program in the country, Quick Start, to recruit skilled workers who can meet the demands of today’s market. This is a perfect example of how schools like Lanier Tech in our Technical College System produce amazing job placement rates. We are looking forward to continuing to work with this beloved brand in the coming years to provide further opportunities for Hall County and the entire State of Georgia.”

GDEcD worked with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Power on the project.

“King’s Hawaiian has truly become part of the community in Oakwood, and they recognize the value in creating mutually beneficial relationships,” said 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.”

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“The ‘Aloha Spirit’ is strong in Hall County and Northeast Georgia,” said 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.”

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