WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the New Horizons Bakery in Norwalk today to meet with workers and tour the facility. New Horizons has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to make energy efficiency improvements, expand its Norwalk operations, and create additional jobs.
"The Recovery Act is laying the groundwork for Ohio businesses and workers to continue leading our way to an economic recovery," Brown said. "Through Recovery Act funding, New Horizons will increase its energy efficiency capacity, expand its facility, and increase production."
Brown met with company officials, union leadership, and local economic development officials. In March, New Horizons Acquisition Co. announced it would expand its facility and create 25 jobs in Norwalk. The announcement marks the third expansion the company has announced in the last year.
The Ohio Department of Development recently reallocated $7.8 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds for the expansion project. Created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Recovery Zone Bonds are targeted to areas particularly affected by job loss and assist local governments in obtaining financing for much needed economic development projects. The New Horizons expansion will create 25 jobs in Norwalk.
New Horizons Baking Company was awarded $1 million through the Ohio Department of Development's Energy program to install new, efficient bake ovens that produce bread for fast food restaurants in seven states. The project will increase energy efficiency at the facility by 25 percent and help to retain 161 existing jobs.
The Ohio Department of Development and Ohio Rail Commission recently awarded $220,000 for a $3.7 million rail spur project. The rail spur will allow New Horizons to unload flour from rail cars instead of having to rely on trucks to cart in the flour from Cleveland.
New Horizons Baking Company produces hamburger buns and English muffins. They have two facilities located in Norwalk, Ohio and Fremont, Indiana. The Norwalk facility employs more than 160 workers and will be adding 25 jobs with the additional production line and facility expansion.