Carolina Foods to double operating capacity with new production facility

USA — Carolina Foods, LLC, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of sweet baked goods, has announced plans to double its operating space and capacity with the construction of a new 423,000-square-foot facility in Pineville, North Carolina.

The company — known for its Duchess brand snacks like honey buns and packaged donuts — is partnering with real estate firm Beacon Partners to build the new site located just a few miles from the facility that has been Carolina Foods’ home since its founding in 1934.

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The transition to a new plant is part of a growth plan that began in March 2021 when Charlotte-based private equity firm Falfurrias Capital Partners which specializes in growing middle-market businesses. invested in Carolina Foods.

Last year, Falfurrias founder Marc Oken told the Observer his firm sees “tremendous growth potential” for Carolina Foods to expand its manufacturing and distribution footprint. The company already distributes its snacks across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

“In addition to being twice the size of our current space, our new facility will be totally climate controlled, providing a pleasant work environment that also allows us to maintain our high-quality standards,” said Dan Myers, chief executive officer of Carolina Foods.

“The new Pineville location will offer improved accessibility for both our broad employee base as well as shipments of inbound supplies and outbound product.”

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The Pineville site will serve as a production facility and warehouse. The space will have 120,000 square feet for warehouse storage, and 40,000 square feet for offices and employee locker rooms and lunch rooms. The remaining 263,000 square feet will be manufacturing space.

Carolina Foods expects to break ground on the new facility in August, with production anticipated to start by the end of 2023. The company said it plans to operate both facilities concurrently through sometime in 2024.

The changes will not affect Carolina Foods’ employment totals, according to the company, which fluctuate between 300 and 400 workers. Myers said during the period of both factories operating, Carolina Foods will likely bring on around 20% more temporary employees.

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