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Bakery distribution center added at The Point

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SOUTH POINT — The Point industrial park is currently in the process of constructing a new building that will house a Bimbo Bakeries USA distribution center.

The 43,000-square-foot distribution center will be completed on March 20, after a seven-month construction cycle by Mullins Construction of Wheelersburg.

“It’s just going to be the distribution of food,” Jeremy Clay, director of The Point, said. “The plant has no racking. The products will come in and go back out within 24 hours.”

The finished goods will be brought into the distribution center and then dispersed to stores on smaller route trucks in a constant feed. There are 18 large truck docks and 15 small ones.

Bimbo Bakeries USA provides brands that include Bomboli ready-made pizza crusts, Arnold and Brownberry breads, Entemann’s pastries, Thomas’ English muffins and Sara Lee breads, among others. Sara Lee owns Heiner’s Bakery, a Huntington-based bakery that was previously a privately owned multigenerational business.

The Bimbo distribution center will bring the total number of businesses at The Point to 15, adding to Engines Inc. of Ohio, Mid Valley Supply, Calgon Carbon, Applied Technologies, Mercier’s Inc., Liebert Corporation, PRD Technologies Inc., R&W Rental and Supply, Orica, Intermountain Electronics, FedEx, Jennmar McSweeney’s, Excel Modular Scaffold and Leasing and Ken API Supply.

“We take risks,” Clay said. “We went out and borrowed the money to build the plant. You can’t develop your community without taking risks.”

Dr. Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, sees the importance of this new addition.

“I can truly say we are pleased it joins Ken API and FedEx and other logistics firms in recognizing the value of The Point to the Tri-State,” he said.