Maple­hurst Bak­eries adding 50 new jobs, job fair Jan. 19

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - SARAH HY­ATT Northum­ber­land News

COBOURG — With more de­mand for their cakes, Maple­hurst Bak­eries is ex­pand­ing.

And with the move away from sea­sonal work, the Cobourg cake bak­ery is now also look­ing for 50 full-time, per­ma­nent lo­cal work­ers.

“We’ve been an em­ployer in Northum­ber­land County for al­most 25 years, but we used to hire mainly sea­sonal work­ers based on the vol­ume and type of cakes we made,” said Larry Brandt, man­ager of the Cobourg bak­ery.

“These days, due to cus­tomer de­mand and our ex­panded pro­duc­tion, we are look­ing to hire up to 50 full-time, per­ma­nent peo­ple seek­ing year-round em­ploy­ment.”

The Cobourg bak­ery has been part of We­ston Foods, the par­ent com­pany of Maple­hurst Bak­eries, since 1994 — known then as the We­ston Fruit Cake Co.

“Since that time, the bak­ery has ex­panded many times, now hous­ing five high­tech pro­duc­tion lines that pro­duce ev­ery­thing from Swiss rolls, to round and square cakes, to the ever-pop­u­lar fruit cake,” reads a re­cent re­lease.

And in 2018, the bak­ery was ap­par­ently pretty busy.

More than six mil­lion eggs, al­most a mil­lion kilo­grams of flour and 1.6 mil­lion kilo­grams of sugar were used at the bak­ery; be­tween just May and Novem­ber of last year, it’s said that roughly 1.4 mil­lion fruit cakes were made.

The bak­ery held job fairs on Thurs­day and Fri­day in Cobourg and Oshawa and is hold­ing an­other in Cobourg on Jan. 19.

“We’re thrilled to be able to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal econ­omy,” said Brandt. “And be­ing able to of­fer day and af­ter­noon shifts is re­ally the icing on the cake.”

The bak­ery is seek­ing pro­duc­tion labour­ers avail­able for both day shifts (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and af­ter­noon shifts (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.).

Staff say that con­di­tional job of­fers will be made on the spot at the three up­com­ing job fairs (two pieces of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing one gov­ern­ment-is­sued piece of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, are re­quired to re­ceive a con­di­tional of­fer).

The Jan. 19 job fair runs from 10 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. at Maple­hurst Bak­eries in Cobourg, lo­cated at 740 Di­vi­sion St. in the Northam In­dus­trial Park, Bldg. 1 W.

NOTE: The Maple­hurst Bak­eries web­site is at and its Face­book page is at www.face­ Maple hurst Bak­eries /1912788838941484 .The tele­phone num­ber is 905-373-7089.

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