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Duh me

United States

#1 Dec 19, 2012
Pasta producing giant Skinner to begin production in the old Sara Lee building!
curious

Plano, TX

#2 Dec 19, 2012
I am super excited to see this coming to Paris. Hope they hire many of the people who were laid off at earth grains... Kudos to PEDC and the city council for making this happen.. Merry Christmas !!
Kudos

Paris, TX

#3 Dec 19, 2012
This is the result of a great deal of work by Mayor Hashmi and Gov Rick Perry. It is a huge positive thing for Paris and Lamar County.
woopee

Paris, TX

#4 Dec 19, 2012
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Paris at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday for a special announcement, according to Paris Mayor Dr. A.J. Hashmi and the Paris Economic Development Corp.

The press conference is scheduled at the former Sara Lee Plant on the northeast Loop 286.

“The PEDC has been working very hard and Thursday’s announcement is going to make our community exceedingly happy,” said PEDC president Doug Wehrman.
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#5 Dec 19, 2012
Good news.
Anon

United States

#6 Dec 19, 2012
Not skinner pasta. It's skinner baking. Two different companies. Skinner pasta is a Hershey's company. Skinner baking is not.
Hmmm

Paris, TX

#7 Dec 20, 2012
Anon wrote:
Not skinner pasta. It's skinner baking. Two different companies. Skinner pasta is a Hershey's company. Skinner baking is not.
Whatever,, it's going to bring jobs to this town and we are grateful!
Hmmm

Paris, TX

#8 Dec 20, 2012

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#9 Dec 20, 2012
http://baking-management.com/successful_plant...

More information about Skinner Baking.
Happy

Paris, TX

#10 Dec 20, 2012
This is great news for Paris. I may go see old Rick buddy in person since it's open to the public. Good job men!
beefy

Paris, TX

#11 Dec 20, 2012
I really hope that many of those people who lost their jobs when Sara Lee shut down will be hired.
Hmm

Ballwin, MO

#12 Dec 20, 2012
I hope they hire people in general that dont have jobs that live in paris area not just people who got laid off from sara lee they are not only people that need jobs
well

Paris, TX

#13 Dec 20, 2012
beefy wrote:
I really hope that many of those people who lost their jobs when Sara Lee shut down will be hired.
I'm sure that will be considered except for the ones that were lazy and got wrote up. Those lazy ones rode the system and I hope records will be checked. Lots need jobs and best hope you got a good reference and no criminal record!
cash

Blossom, TX

#14 Dec 20, 2012
i would think good employees of sara lee already have other jobs
MzzBixxh

Eureka Springs, AR

#15 Dec 20, 2012
Hmm wrote:
I hope they hire people in general that dont have jobs that live in paris area not just people who got laid off from sara lee they are not only people that need jobs
That's right so many need jobs right now. I just hope they hire hard working productive people so the company can have a chance to thrive.
JSYK

Paris, TX

#16 Dec 20, 2012
Anon wrote:
Not skinner pasta. It's skinner baking. Two different companies. Skinner pasta is a Hershey's company. Skinner baking is not.
Same family -- J. Skinner is an offshoot of Skinner pasta.
JSYK

Paris, TX

#17 Dec 20, 2012
To be more precise, J. Skinner baking is run by the son and grandson of one of the original Skinner brothers who started the pasta company.
reader

Paris, TX

#18 Dec 20, 2012
Gov. Perry announces new industry in Paris

The promise of a new industry brings fresh hope to Paris residents. That promise became reality today with J. Skinner Baking Company officials announcing the bakery will move into the old Sara Lee facility and be up and running by the first of July.

The announcement of the J. Skinner Baking Company’s purchase of the Sara Lee plant came at a press conference today in Paris from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and bakery owners.

Initial plans call for 400 new jobs baking J. Skinner brand desserts, with expectations for more on the way.

“We have become a serious competitor in the market,” said Audie Keaton, president and CEO.“We know our customers, make a quality product and surround ourselves with outstanding people like those here in Paris. It’s a recipe for success, and success means six lines and 900 workers to run them.”

Perry said today is a day of celebration.

“It’s great to have them come to Paris,” he said.“Skinner could be anywhere. One of the factors I’m sure brought Skinner to Paris is Lamar County and Paris workforce is its underlying strength. For employees here it’s a great day.”

Skinner is investing $25 million in Paris, and the state of Texas, through the Texas Enterprise Fund, is providing $1.8 million to finalize the expansion and new job creation for the Paris plant.

“The deal closing fund has brought in many projects to the state of Texas that will fund Christmas today,” Perry said.“There are people who are going to have better Christmases today because of decisions that our friends in Austin, Texas, made over the last decade which are the foundation of this economy.”

Perry noted Texas offers a workforce attractive to companies, and the state is dedicated to cultivate the workforce in Texas. He singled out Pam Anglin, president of Paris Junior College for its part of providing a quality workforce in the area.

“What you are doing at the junior college is one of the reasons they came here,” he said.“The nimbleness, the flexibility of your being able to address the job needs, whether it’s Skinner or whether it’s Campbell or some other company your economic development professionals are talking to.”

“An announcement like this gives us a reason to truly be thankful,” Perry added.“Texas is leading the way.”

The J. Skinner addition is a Paris Economic Development Corp. project.

© 2012 theparisnews.com .
Gary

Dallas, TX

#19 Dec 20, 2012
Many of us former Sara Lee employees do have other jobs. I have had a steady job for a while but many of us are looking forward to going back into the baking business. Skinner has a reputation of oaying competitively in order to not have unions interfere. That sounds great to everyone Ive talked to as most of us feel we were burned badly by the bct union. Good luck to all needing a job.
RightToWork

Ballwin, MO

#20 Dec 20, 2012
Gary wrote:
Many of us former Sara Lee employees do have other jobs. I have had a steady job for a while but many of us are looking forward to going back into the baking business. Skinner has a reputation of oaying competitively in order to not have unions interfere. That sounds great to everyone Ive talked to as most of us feel we were burned badly by the bct union. Good luck to all needing a job.
Im sure the former B&W employees felt the same way about their union...

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