King's Hawaiian to bring distribution center to Hall County

OAKWOOD — A California-based bread company will open up a bakery and distribution center in Oakwood in Hall County, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week.

King’s Hawaiian is a leading producer of dinner rolls and accounts for more than half of U.S. dinner roll sales. The company will complete construction on an existing 111,000-square-foot shell building in the Oakwood South Industrial Park for its Hall County operation. The bakery and distribution facility will be developed by Pattillo Industrial Real Estate.

The move will create 126 new jobs over two years, and the company expects to add an additional 100 jobs about 2015, according to a news release.

“Georgia’s economy receives a considerable boost from the success of food processors in our state, which employ more Georgians than any other sector of manufacturing,” Perdue said. “By selecting Georgia and Hall County, King’s Hawaiian serves as another example of how our state’s pro-business climate continues to create opportunities for new and existing companies and for communities throughout the state.”

King’s Hawaiian will join Georgia’s vast community of food manufacturers and processors, which employ nearly 70,000 Georgians. Advanced manufacturers in the food processing sector can leverage Georgia’s highly skilled work force backed by the Technical College System of Georgia and Quick Start. King’s Hawaiian will receive long-term support from the resources at nearby Lanier Technical College.

“In spite of the short time since our first meeting with the folks from the state of Georgia and Hall County, our relationship already feels as if it’s based on years of trust and collaboration to make this a great place to work and live,” said Mark Taira, King’s Hawaiian CEO. “We are looking forward to being a member of this fabulous community. I’ve learned that the spirit of Aloha lives in Hawaii and in Georgia — only the accent is a little different.”

The company expects to begin production at its new bakery and distribution center in fall 2011. Applicants interested in employment opportunities with King’s Hawaiian should register at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Gainesville Career Center.