by: Wes Mills, Inside INdiana Business
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MARION, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Phoenix-based CafÃ© Valley has announced it will raise the minimum wage at its two production plants, including one in the town of Marion. The independent wholesale bakery produces cakes, croissants and muffins for retailers across the country, including Kroger and Meijer.
CafÃ© Valley says it will invest around $ 7 million to raise the starting salary to $ 15 an hour. The company says the move is necessary as it struggles to find enough workers. The bakery says it is looking to hire 400 new employees at its Marion and Phoenix facilities.
âLike many companies, we continue to face a difficult recruiting environment due to the pandemic,â said Brian Owens, CEO of CafÃ© Valley. âWe are committed to our team members and will continue to offer competitive compensation and advanced training programs to enrich the employee experience. “
The company says it has also launched an accelerated career path program. CafÃ© Valley says the program allows entry-level staff to take a promotional journey from a member of the production team to a supervisor-in-training.