FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2018) – Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls Inc., a major producer of frozen dinner rolls, has announced a $50 million phase I expansion of its manufacturing operation in Hart County that is expected to create 72 full-time jobs.
Sister Schubert’s will increase the size of its current bakery by 120,000 square feet and install a new baking line to support future growth. Expanded manufacturing capabilities are expected to be operational in 2020 beginning with one 10-hour shift and expand to two shifts thereafter based on product demand.
Sister Schubert’s is a subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets. Sister Schubert’s dinner yeast rolls are sold in the frozen section at supermarkets throughout the country and to national chain restaurants. Other subsidiaries of Lancaster Colony include T. Marzetti Co., New York Frozen Foods Inc. and Flatout Inc. In total, the parent company has annual sales in excess of $1.2 billion.
Sister Schubert’s indicated investment could reach a total of $74 million with the creation of an estimated 62 additional jobs should the Horse Cave location be selected for phase II of the expansion. On Thursday, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved the company for tax incentives based on both projects to encourage the company to move forward with phase II in the commonwealth. There is currently no timeline for the company’s decision on the second phase of the project.
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, KEDFA on Thursday preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2.6 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
Additionally, KEDFA approved Sister Schubert’s for up to $650,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing.
Sister Schubert’s also can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.