New Horizons to be sold

Norwalk company employs 224 people and is a bun supplier for McDonald's.
Scott Seitz2
Nov 9, 2012

New Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk, a bun supplier for McDonald's, is in the process of being sold.

In a story on the front page of Thursday's Reflector, Tim Brown, chief executive officer at New Horizons and Genesis Baking Co., discusses the pending sale and potential impact for the 224 employees.

Comments

TheGravyWhisperer

...will those let go get to keep the showercaps? ...

Nic Williams

If we did get let go I wouldnt wear another hairnet for the rest of my life.

truckin

Now i remember who you are, The little w$mpy fella, who cries alot

Nic Williams

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truckin

Who? Them guys no longer work here. But WOW they still have reputations. Must have been good supervisors. The employees usually hate the good one's.

hit the road jack

Nic:I think you got him pegged alright! only one left to bang that you forgot. when you guess who they are,its always "who" thats a sure sign.

Nic Williams

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hit the road jack

Nick: he probably had a few of the boys on the back dock?

truckin

The word BANG... classy. What a kid. But i think the guys you speak of.. aren't they both married to younger, attractive women and live out of state now?

Nic Williams

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NeverSpeechLess

Really hoping they bring in new supervisors, machines that actually work and do not create safety hazards and remove the entire Brown family. Having worked there I can safely say its a very unsafe place to work and the amount of running around people do is unheard of. If the Beaver Holding Company does come in and clean house and start fresh it'll be great. I'm not saying they should get rid I everyone. But they need to review the current processes and remove those in favor of exploiting the workers.

NewlyTrucker

I don't believe the supervisors exploit the workers like you say. Supervisors are working with such minimum support or resources from upper management yet they are still expected to maintain production with undertrained staff and unkept equipment. Most directives that they enforce come straight from the top and they have no choice but to make do. It's not a fair situation to anyone that works there, including the supervisors.
There are a lot of hazards and lack of proper processes. If they could get some qualified managers, the place has potential.

Nic Williams

As far as very unsafe I disagree. Certain people need to take the initiative towards watching out for theyre own saftey and others. Some of the worst accidents or lost time accidents since Ive been there where people putting their hands where the dont belong, tripping over brooms, slipping on ice outside, or basic clumsyness. And as far as the machines we dont shut down. The place is so busy we dont get the chance to do all the PMs we would like to. If you ask me thats more of a good thing than bad. Its means you have job security. However as with any work place there is always room for improvement. Its a part of being a growing company. I think the biggest problem we have there is the lack of teamwork between union members. There is way to much pettiness amongst the floor works. If everyone would take more time to help each other rather than bring each other down things would go so much smoother. Also we live in the fattest country in the entire World. I dont see running or working hard as a bad thing. Your at work its what ur supposed to do people. This is just one of many reasons why so many jobs are leaving the country weve turn into a bunch of lazy over weight bums. And before you dis any of our supervisors who deal with far more stress than any of us I ask you this what are you doing to improve things around there. For christ sakes you arent even willing to let the rest of us know whos opinion we are reading. Rather than demanding change try at initiate it. I welcome the new owners. Hes a money loven man which means job security for all of us. And I end with a thank you to Mr. Brown for investing so much into our livelyhoods.

NeverSpeechLess

Being healthy and in shape. I can argue that $8-10/hour is not adequate wage for hustling back and forth between machines that continuously break down. Especially in the heat of the summer. Maybe if the supervisors and union leaders didn't have their tails between their legs they could speak up for the workers and help bring change. Here's to hoping it happens!!

Nic Williams

When did you work there I started in 2005 and as a temp I made 10.35. And once Ur of probation you make like 15 something and new people start a 13 something. I went from 1035 to 19.10 in just 7 years if u put the work in u will get rewarded for it. Get the facts before you blurt out numbers my friend cuz I can't think of anywhere else I'd get almost $9 in raises in just 7 years

truckin

All this coming from the whiniest worker i ever knew??? amazing

Kelly

So classy

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sanduskysteve

I didn't work there very long, but I will say that I have to agree that the majority of accidents were caused by carelessness and hands where they do not belong or shouldn't be. And I was there a long long time ago as it was still West when I was there.

jack langhals

Hopefully there won't be any lay offs,so far only about 10 companies have announced layoffs because of Obamacare !

lovktt9

I believe its a new leaf that is being turned over. Mr. Brown is ready to retire and unfortunatly he has no one to leave it to for various reasons so he sold it to someone he believes will take his business to the next level. No matter what people say it was a good company to work for. I am hoping the new owners will make the adjustments it needs to, to take it from a good company to a great company.

Zoepoet88

I know people who have worked there for years.. They love it there. I don't know the working conditions. I hope that the new owners will keep it going. IT would be a big loss for Norwalk. There are already people struggling to find jobs.

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swiss cheese kat

McDonald’s have been testing out sandwiches that come on flatbread.
Specialty buns/flatbreads will change the industry and replace the standard plain bun in 2013. Bakeries with older equipment will experience losses as the plain bun becomes extincted.

Nic Williams

Our entire bun line is fully updated and New we have the ability to bake anything the market throws.at us I assure you of that.

Contango

Looks like the market may be throwing pricing pressure at NH and McD.

Some think that McDonald's menu is too expensive. The competition is heating up.

In any business, labor costs equate to about 70-80% of the total operating expense and is usually the first to be cut.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

Nic Williams

As with any business we have and continue to impliment as many efficient changes wether it be to machines or the daily actions of the employees. While I dont forsee a pay cut in the near future since we already make a bit less than the average bakerys employees I would be more than understanding if it meant the continued success of the bakery and my job.

Cliff Cannon

@ Nic Williams: You sound not only intelligent,but act classy as well. Here's rooting for the very best for your bakery !

Nic Williams

Thank you. I'm rather enjoying having an intelligent conversation on here with people for once. Hard not to let some of the ignorance get to you on here.

Contango

If I remember correctly, NH received a loan from Norwalk's revolving economic fund which called for increasing employment as a condition for getting the money.

Wonder if layoffs could trigger repayment?

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The E-paper said that P&R may be closed. Nothing on the web edition.

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