Pan Pepín doubles production with $40 million investment
SAN JUAN – Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced the inauguration of the new operating facilities of Puerto Rican company Pan Pepín Inc. with an investment of about $40 million, which will double its current production.
The expansion of the bread factory in Bayamón’s Minillas Industrial Park, includes the construction of a new and modern baking plant, as well as the installation of a state-of-the-art production line.
“We are very happy that Pan Pepín, a Puerto Rican company that has fed our families for so many years, has made the decision to expand its operations again, with an investment of over $40 million and the creation of 38 additional jobs to the currently more than 500, in order to continue investing in our Island and its people,” the governor said in a release.
Rosselló added that “companies like this one show us once again that when we produce with the highest quality, counting on our dedicated and committed hardworking force, the established goals are achieved. Congratulations.”
Economic Development Secretary Manuel A. Laboy Rivera explained in the release that the expansion included the constructing of a nearly 40,000-square-foot building, a wastewater treatment plant and a parking lot
The new plant will produce sliced bread or sandwich bread of the Pan Pepín Club variety.
In addition, a distribution center and a cold-storage warehouse in the municipality of Humacao were established.
The plant “significantly increases our production capacity to a maximum of 150 bread-per-minute packages,” Pan Pepín President Mario Somoza said, while explaining that the “new equipment automates critical processes with the most modern systems for food safety, which helps to minimize the risk of contamination of products to provide greater security to customers and consumers.”
Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera said, “Pan Pepín is once again at the forefront…and ensures it will continue to be the leading company in the area of manufacturing in Puerto Rico.”
He recalled that “Pan Pepín is part of the progress of our city, and what don Ángel Umpierre and Luis Rodríguez started in 1972, served as a guide to the new generations, led by Mario Somoza, to continue innovating in this great industry. The economic and social impact Pan Pepín has brought to the city of Bayamón is very significant, which is why today we proudly share the success of Pan Pepín.”
Secretary Laboy stressed that “the growth trajectory and push of the Pan Pepín company in Puerto Rico has been truly beneficial for the Island. Not only for its contribution to the food security of the citizens and for hiring so many workers, but also because it has contributed to local economic development for decades,” and that it is “one of the companies that distinguish us and show that Puerto Rico is open to doing business. You can count on us. We wish you a lot of success.”
Pan Pepín was founded in 1974 and has been dedicated to making bread, rolls and wheat flour tortillas for more than 40 years. It seeks to drive the local production of new products that can replace imports as well as to export.
“Investing, growing and expanding our operations, thus facilitating the creation of more jobs for Puerto Ricans, fills us with satisfaction and affirms our commitment to continue contributing to the continued social and economic development of Puerto Rico,” Somoza added.
Pan Pepín has five distribution centers around the island. In 1998, it joined the Puerto Rican company B. Fernández & Hnos. Inc. In 2016, it expanded operations to produce Planitas, Pan Pepín’s wheat tortilla shells.
This year, it was conferred the Manufacturer of the Year award by the Puerto Rico Products Association at the 2018 Quality Excellence Awards.