GOV. ROBERT P. CASEY VISITS CITY PRIDE BAKERY; FACILITY TO CREATE 300 JOBS
GOV. ROBERT P. CASEY VISITS CITY PRIDE BAKERY;
FACILITY TO CREATE 300 JOBS
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- At the unveiling of the employee-owned City Pride Bakery in Pittsburgh, Gov. Robert P. Casey today said that the commonwealth's commitment of $1.1 million in state funds for the start-up of the facility demonstrates "a constantly growing effort throughout Pennsylvania to rev up our economy."
"This project brings the former Braun Bakery back to life because employees of Braun are owners of City Pride Bakery," Casey said. "We're proud of them and we're proud of the fact that state government could be a partner in this success."
The governor presented a mock check representing state government's investment in the $8.3 million project, including $600,000 in loans from the Department of Commerce and a $500,000 grant from the Department of Community Affairs.
"Even in these tough economic times, we're investing in Pennsylvania, and the best companies in America are investing in Pennsylvania too," Casey said. "We're making it happen by creating and maintaining one of the most favorable business climates in the country."
The governor noted that Pennsylvania has a top-shelf work force, a stable fiscal climate even in the midst of a national recession, an excellent Wall Street credit rating and a strong transportation system.
"We're competitive, our workers get the job done, and this state government is as active and helpful a partner as business can find anywhere," Casey said. "Just ask Rubbermaid, ask Plastek, ask International Paper, ask the best businesses in America, they'll tell you that nobody works harder to make business succeed than Pennsylvania, its people and its government."
The facility, which has been idle for two years when the former Braun Bakery closed, will provide more than 300 jobs in the city's Lawrenceville enterprise zone.
The bakery will produce a full line of bakery products, including white bread and rolls, muffins, variety breads, specialty items and innovative frozen products.
The governor applauded the efforts of Pittsburgh officials, Bakery Workers Local 12, the Governor's Response Team and others who played a part in bringing the wholesale bakery business to the city.
"The jobs that City Pride will create are extremely important for our economy and for the well-being of our residents," said Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff. "But, what pleases me most about City Pride is the involvement of so many of our corporate citizens, government agencies and our neighborhood organizations and leaders."
The project came about as a result of a feasibility study through Commerce's Employee Ownership Assistance Program.
The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment and Steel Valley authorities jointly developed a business plan for the former Braun employees to take over the operation as City Pride Bakery.
/CONTACT: Susan Woods of the Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-783-1116, or Ron Jury of the Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132/ CO: City Pride Bakery; Department of Commerce ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: CC-KA -- PH016 -- 5882 11/21/91 12:13 EST