Founded in 1967, Maplehurst Bakeries produces frozen bakery products, including donuts, pies, cupcakes, cakes, rye bread, sweet goods and gluten-free baked goods, for in-store and food service bakeries.
“It’s not very often in your career or life you get the opportunity to open a facility such as this, and it is an honor to have partnered and collaborated with the great state of Tennessee, Wilson County, the city of Lebanon, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the chamber of commerce and the economic development committee,” Cindy Waggoner, vice president of operations of Weston Foods North America, said. Maplehurst is a subsidiary of Weston Foods.
“Without your partnership and your help and your support, we could not have made today and this bakery a success.”
According to Mike Jones, plant manager, the facility currently employs 95 people, most of whom are Wilson County residents. Several other positions will be filled in the near future.
“Our key focus is to make a good, quality, safe product, but our secondary focus is we’re trying to make this place a workplace of choice for this area,” Jones said.
The facility is about 175,000 sq. ft. and sits on 25 acres. Jones said the facility could be expanded in the future.
The facility can produce about 200,000 lbs of dough in a single day.
Among the dignitaries on hand were Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and state Rep. Mark Pody.
Hutto said the investments into the facility will pay dividends for the county.
“It puts money back into the pocket of the people who live and work here,” Hutto said.
“We’re a great logistics place, but this puts us on the market again for another food production company.”
Craighead said he asked officials with the company the reason they chose Lebanon, and he was excited by the answer.
“It’s because of the customer base and because of logistics,” Craighead said. “Maplehurst coming to Lebanon makes our community more diversified with different kinds of jobs, and it’s an opportunity to attract other businesses.”
With products sold in North American grocery retailers, supermarket chains and food service outlets, the company currently operates facilities in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Washington.
The new Lebanon facility features warehouse, distribution and manufacturing operations for its donut production to service customers across North America and around the world.