10/15/18 Empire Bakery Commissary Expanding In Franklin County

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Project Will Create 75 New Jobs

Richmond, VA – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Empire Bakery Commissary, LLC will expand their Franklin County operation. The project will create 75 new jobs and includes $10.4 million in capital investment.

Senator Bill Stanley said, “It’s always great to see existing businesses expand and thrive in Southside Virginia. Empire has been a valuable partner for more than 20 years and I wish them the best as they expand their business and continue to create jobs in Franklin County.”

“Empire’s expansion is great news for our region and for Franklin County,” noted Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R- Bedford), “Providing assistance to existing businesses looking to expand is one of the Tobacco Commission’s core missions, and the 75 jobs created by Empire’s expansion in Franklin County further strengthens the economic vitality of our region. I am pleased as a member of the Tobacco Commission that we were able to do our part to make this exciting announcement a reality.”

Empire Bakery, founded in 1997, produces hand decorated ready to sell cakes, cookies and single serve desserts for traditional retailers like Kroger, Wal-Mart and others. They offer custom programs to suit individual customer needs including design, packaging, supplier and size options. Empire Bakery currently employs 150 at their Rocky Mount facility.

Empire Bakery President Mike Marek said, “Empire Bakery’s products help families and friends celebrate life’s important milestones. With this investment and the support of Governor Northam, Secretary Ball and our local partners in Franklin County and the Town of Rocky Mount, we will be able to serve more customers and hire more Associates. We look forward to our continued expansion in the Commonwealth.”

Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cline Brubaker added, “Franklin County is excited to see another local business growing and successful. Empire Bakery has become a cornerstone of the local economy since its arrival in 2010, and we as a community are glad that we can help them continue to expand their operations here. Franklin County’s commitment to its local businesses remains, as always, our top economic development priority.”

Mayor Steven C. Angle said, “Empire Bakery helped to diversify our economy when it opened in Rocky Mount in 2010. We are delighted that Empire has been such an outstanding corporate partner, over-delivering on the promised number of jobs created and investment made, showing what a great place Rocky Mount is to do business, manufacture and live.”

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in the areas we serve. Supporting existing businesses when they wish to expand, like Empire Bakery, is an important part of reaching this goal.




Contact: Jordan Butler
Telephone: 804-786-7692
Cell: 757-692-0878
Email: jbutler@revitalizeva.org
Website: www.revitalizeva.org