Empire Bakery opens expanded facility, brings 75 new jobs to Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — As Empire Bakery Commissary LLC cuts the ribbon for its expanded facility on Friday, many Rocky Mount residents look forward to new employment opportunities with the commercial dessert producer.

On Friday morning, the Town of Rocky Mount announced the opening of a $10.4 million expansion to Empire Bakery’s local facility. The news release says that the facility — which produces customized cakes and cookies for retailers around the country — features $2.3 million of new equipment and adds 32,000 square feet to the newly renovated 12,000 square feet of the facility.

“Today we open the doors to our expanded facility in Rocky Mount with larger space and more associates to meet demand for our products,” says Mike Marek, president of Empire Bakery. “We’re delighted to grow here and grateful for the support of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Franklin County and the Town of Rocky Mount.”

According to the news release, ever since Empire Bakery announced the expansion of its Rocky Mount facility in October 2018, the company’s staff has grown from 138 to 183 employees and is expected to create another 30 positions.

“This expanded facility will provide more employment opportunities for our residents and demonstrate our community’s pride in knowing that products made right here are shipped across the country,” says Rocky Mount Mayor Steve Angle. “Empire is an outstanding corporate citizen, and we are delighted to have them in Rocky Mount.”

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