U.S. Representative Glenn "GT' Thompson today visited iBakeFoods, LLC, in Rimersburg, Clarion County, Pa., where he joined company officials, employees, and local economic development planners in highlighting the community's work to reopen the Rimersburg bakery and cookie plant, which closed in 2010.
"This bakery has been a fixture in the Rimersburg community, and I am proud of the efforts on behalf of the Clarion County community and iBakeFoods and the work they have done to reopen this facility," said Rep. Thompson. "The delicious aroma of fresh baked cookies is back in Rimersburg, and along with it, a sense of new economic opportunity, as we celebrate the reopening of the iBakeFoods cookie plant and bakery."
"We are very excited about reopening the bakery in Rimersburg, PA," said Ed Metzger, vice president of sales and marketing for iBakeFoods. "After months of hard work, by a dedicated team, we are now officially open and have begun baking delicious gourmet and specialty cookies on Baker Street for our customers. The new facility will play an important role in iBakeFoods future growth, as well as help us better service our existing customers located not only up and down the East Coast, but across the nation."
"Clarion County EDC is pleased that such a life long staple business in Clarion County located in Rimersburg is back in business," said Jamie S Lefever, Exec Director of Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC). "CCEDC has been helping IBake since September 2011 as a financial resource and an overall partner in meeting any needs to bring this business to the community. The job creation brings confidence and excitement to the area - we are proud to say the cookies are made in Rimersburg. A special thank you to Congressman Thompson for taking time to tour this facility."
Originally founded in 1952, the Rimersburg bakery served the Clarion County community for 58 years, before its closure in 2010. iBakeFoods, LLC, a privately held company, purchased the plant in 2011, and began work to re-open the bakery in the fall of 2011. The facility required significant modification and updating, however, and remained closed for over a year.