Wholesale Bakery Raises Minimum Wage in Indiana – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather

by: Wes Mills, Inside INdiana Business

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MARION, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) РPhoenix-based Caf̩ 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.

Café 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.

“Like many companies, we continue to face a difficult recruiting environment due to the pandemic,” said Brian Owens, CEO of Café Valley. “We 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. Café 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.

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