Metro Atlanta manufacturer creates 65 jobs, invests $4 million

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 10, 2014 – AMF BakeTech, a manufacturer of industrial bakery equipment, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to announce the consolidation and expansion of its regional manufacturing and engineering facility in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The growth in this location represents 65 new jobs and $4 million in capital investment for the Gwinnett community.

“We have grown substantially over the past five years across three separate buildings. This move represents a strategic point for our business that is essential to our continued success,” said Stephen Smith, President, AMF BakeTech. “As we consolidate multiple facilities into one, we will now be able to further develop new products and operate more efficiently.”

AMF BakeTech, a subsidiary of AMF Bakery Systems, designs and manufactures industrial bakery equipment, including ovens; conveyor systems; and continuous proofers, which provide accurate humidity control for dough during the fermentation process. AMF BakeTech will consolidate its three existing Atlanta facilities into a newly built, 63,000-square-foot building, expanding its footprint by more than 18,000 square feet. The LEED certified building, located at 5359 Royal Woods Parkway in the Royal Atlanta Business Park, will house the company’s engineering, operations, procurement, sales, and accounting departments.

“It is a sure sign that our pro-business environment is thriving when innovative companies such as AMF BakeTech expand in Georgia,” said Chris Carr, commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “AMF BakeTech reflects the kind of innovation that we seek to cultivate. With a solid network of manufacturing companies, as well as access to advanced research generated by our universities, I have no doubt that AMF BakeTech will continue to succeed in our state.”

AMF BakeTech’s products are used in the large-scale production of sliced bread, hamburger buns, hotdog buns, and other baked products worldwide for customers including supermarket bread makers and fast food chains.

“We are pleased to welcome AMF BakeTech to the Gwinnett community. The company’s investment in our County is affirmation of the strength of our economy, jobs market, and manufacturing base. We look forward to their continued growth and success,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash.

Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development works to recruit, retain and expand manufacturing companies to the County. Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, said, “A large amount of our effort focuses on the attraction and growth of research and development-driven manufacturers. The County’s labor force, access to international markets, and superior quality of life provides the perfect environment in which advanced equipment companies, such as AMF BakeTech, to thrive.”

AMF Bakery Systems is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with additional manufacturing operations located in Sherbrook, Canada and Tianjin, China. The company operates sales offices internationally in Mexico, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Netherlands, China, Singapore and United Arab Emeritus. AMF Bakery Systems is the parent company of BakeTech and a subsidiary of Markel Corporation (NYSE – MKL).

To learn more about AMF BakeTech, visit www.amfbakery.com or www.baketech.com. For more information on Gwinnett’s local economic development efforts, visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.