Sugar Bowl Bakery, a minority-owned bakery based in the San Francisco Bay area, plans to open its first East Coast facility in DeKalb County, Georgia. The company will create approximately 400 new jobs and invest $37 million over the next five years in its new Tucker facility.
“Sugar Bowl Bakery is one of the great American success stories, and we’re excited to welcome this internationally known, family-owned bakery to Georgia,” said Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp. “Through our outstanding workforce and logistics network, Sugar Bowl Bakery will be able to better serve their growing customer base, and I’m glad that the hardworking Georgians in Tucker will benefit from this fine addition to their community.”
Sugar Bowl Bakery was founded by the Ly family as a neighborhood coffee shop in the Bay Area in 1984. Today, the company is a national, minority-certified bakery whose products include palmiers, madeleines, brownie bites, fritters and more. They are sold in the grocery and club channels both domestically and internationally.
The company says its expansion will enable its continued growth with regional distribution partners.
“Sugar Bowl Bakery is excited to be expanding to Georgia in order to better serve our customers and to bring jobs to the city of Tucker and DeKalb County,” said Andrew Ly, co-founder and CEO. “Sugar Bowl Bakery has had much growth and transformation since my brothers and I decided to pursue our American dream in San Francisco 36 years ago. This is another major milestone in allowing Sugar Bowl Bakery to fulfill its mission of bringing people joy through our delicious foods. We thank Gov. Kemp and many other state, county and city officials for helping make our decision to move to Georgia quite simple.”
Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program, will assist in workforce training for the new facility, which will be located at 3301 Montreal Industrial Way in Tucker. Available positions will include bakery management, production, quality assurance, maintenance, warehousing and sanitation.
“We are pleased to welcome Sugar Bowl Bakery to DeKalb County,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond. “We are grateful that the Ly family’s new facility will be in our community that welcomes people from around the world. DeKalb County’s highly trained, diverse workforce make our community a great place for business.”
“We’re thrilled that Sugar Bowl Bakery has made the decision to invest in Tucker,” said Mayor Frank Auman of Tucker. “They’ve seen in Tucker the same things that thousands of other business owners have embraced: a friendly, welcoming community, a location that can’t be beat and a strong work force that’s ready to go. We’re going to bring all our resources to bear to help them be successful.”
Georgia ranks fifth in the U.S. in food and beverage manufacturing employment. In addition to the more than 30,000 workers currently in food-specific production occupations, Georgia has nearly 160,000 workers in the integral roles of packaging and filling machine operators, packers and packagers, and movers of freight, stock and materials.
Assistant Director Hank Evans of Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food team represented the department’s Global Commerce Division on this competitive project in partnership with Decide DeKalb, the City of Tucker, Georgia EMC and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
“Georgia is a national leader in the food industry, and our Georgia workforce and distribution network help drive its success,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are so glad to welcome Sugar Bowl Bakery to our food industry family and will continue working with our local economic development partners to ensure the company has all the ingredients they need to continue to rise to the top.”
Those interested in pursuing career opportunities with Sugar Bowl Bakery may download a job application online or send resumes to [email protected].