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New Horizons picks Norwalk for $4.6 million expansion

By ELLEN HEINZ • Mar 10, 2018 at 4:00 PM

New Horizons Baking Co. has announced it has chosen its Norwalk facility for a new $4.6 million expansion project.

The new project will add more than 5,200 square feet to its existing footprint and bring an estimated 18 new jobs — which is due to significant growth with existing and new customers — to the Norwalk area.

New Horizons immediately will start the hiring process for the new positions, with plans to have the new team members in place for training by early April, with additional hiring for summertime work at the facility coming soon. For a listing of new and open positions, go to www.newhorizonsbaking.com/careers.

The investment in the building and new equipment allows New Horizons to remain a strong leader in an increasingly competitive industry, strengthening the company’s position in the North American market, company officials said. The company currently employees more than 400 team members at its three facilities, two of which are in Ohio.

This is the company’s fifth expansion in the last five years.

“It is truly an honor and pleasure to work with New Horizons Baking Co. They are an outstanding partner and they have demonstrated their commitment to our community time and time again by reinvesting in the area and creating high quality jobs. We are blessed to have such a stable and innovative company as one of our top employers in the area,” Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said.

Leading New Horizons in their new growth phase is Trina Bediako, recently selected as the president of New Horizons Acquisition Corp. She has been a top contributor to the company’s success for the last 16 years.

“For the past 16 years Trina has been preparing for this opportunity. She has the talent, the vision, the passion and the energy to excel as our president. I could not be more proud of her accomplishments. We are expecting significant growth under her leadership,” said Tilmon F. Brown, CEO and owner.

After earning a bachelor of science degree in marketing with a minor in Spanish from the University of Connecticut on a full college scholarship, Bediako began her career in the telecommunications industry. She worked for 15 years with Southern New England Telephone Co., Lucent Technologies and Avaya, Inc. in marketing, sales, programming and training.

In 2002, Bediako started her career with New Horizons. She has held several leadership roles in the company during her tenure with NHBCO, ranging from vice president of human resources to corporate vice president. Early in 2017, Bediako was promoted to president of the New Horizons Baking Group.

Bediako has received manufacturing and business training at the American Institute of Baking, Kellogg School of Management and Wharton School of Business.

She shared her appreciation and the company’s gratitude for the overwhelming support it has had from the area.

“The ongoing support we receive from our fantastic workforce, the mayor, the city of Norwalk, Norwalk city council, Huron County commissioners, Norwalk Economic Development Corp., Huron County Development Council, Columbia Gas, Ohio Edison, JobsOhio and local community leaders is unparalleled. We are excited about the positive impact this new business opportunity will have on us all and look forward to continued growth. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped support us in this process recently as well as over the years.”

New Horizons Baking Co. is a U.S.-based, family-owned and operated food manufacturing business that has been producing soft rolls, English muffins and bagels for its customers since 1967. New Horizons serves baked goods to clients across the country and is known for their exceptional commitment to their workforce, customers, quality and innovation.

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