SPRINGDALE — South Coast Baking Co. announced plans Wednesday to open a production facility in Springdale, creating 150 jobs averaging about $25 per hour.

SPRINGDALE — South Coast Baking Co. announced plans Wednesday to open a production facility in Springdale, creating 150 jobs averaging about $25 per hour.


Irvine, Calif.-based South Coast Baking, one of the nation’s leading wholesale manufacturers of frozen bakery products such as frozen cookie dough, supplies products to Sam’s Club, Panera Bread and Mrs. Field’s Cookies, and currently distributes products to more than 38 countries.


"South Coast Baking’s decision to locate in Springdale adds to Arkansas’ reputation as a hub for food manufacturers," Gov. Mike Beebe said. "The combination of our skilled work force and a central location for product distribution continues to draw companies here."


South Coast will invest nearly $8.7 million by renovating an existing 104,000-square-foot facility in Springdale.


"After carefully considering several regions to expand our California facility, Springdale proved to be a perfect fit for South Coast Baking," South Coast Baking CEO Kent Hayden said. "The city provides us with an opportunity to establish our roots in an economically viable and business-friendly climate. Ultimately, our increased production capacity along with geographical freight efficiencies will allow us to better serve our customers."


The state supplied funding for the move, including money from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund.