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Bakery is icing on booming business project

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 06:35 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
WEIRTON, W.Va. - The Three Springs Business Park is a sign of tremendous growth in Weirton and Brooke County. In fact, it symbolizes more than $150 million back into the area, along with the addition of about 340 jobs since 2009.
All of it was capped off Thursday, thanks to Mary Jo and George Barney, the individuals responsible for delicious valley-made treats at Barney's Bakery.
The bakery will be relocating from Pennsylvania Ave. to a brand new manufacturing facility at the business park. The Barneys said the $1.6 million investment was needed as they continue to grow and expand.
"For us, it's important that we're keeping our bakery in Weirton," George Barney said. "We're keeping our employees. So we are going to be able to keep a home-grown business in Weirton."
Weirton Mayor George Kondik was understandably happy with this news.
"When the company of 70 years invests this type of dollars and nests into the community, it shows us that we're very affordable ..." Kondik said. "Their niche and commitment to what they do is second to none."
Barney's Bakery will add 10 more employees once the facility opens. Pat Ford with the Business Development Community of the Northern Panhandle said those additions mean there is more than $9 million worth of payroll at the business park.
Barney said he hopes to break ground this summer and be in that new facility next summer.
Ford says the good news won't stop here he says other projects are on the horizon here in the Northern Panhandle.  

Bakery is icing on booming business project


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