Hearthside Food Solutions LLC, which claims to be the largest privately held bakery in the U.S., plans to expand its facilities in the cities of Kentwood and Grand Rapids, Mich., for additional manufacturing capacity of granola bars and other baked snacks.
The majority of the investment and job creation will occur at the company’s Shaffer Avenue facility in Kentwood. The $17.4 million expansion project is planned to create 195 jobs the first year, with a five-year total of 302 new jobs.
Hearthside provides contract food manufacturing services and claims to be the largest producer of breakfast bars in the U.S. The company operates 12 manufacturing plants in seven states.