Business and Operations
Casasanta Baking Solutions expands and rebrands
By Bakers Journal
With over 35 years in business, LC Bakery Equipment Services Ltd. recently rebranded as Casasanta Baking Solutions. The company designs, manufactures and custom-builds a range of bakery equipment and accessories.
Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario), announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of nearly $1.5 million for LC Bakery.
“FedDev Ontario support will be critical in helping LC Bakery Equipment Services Ltd. (Casasanta Baking Solutions) stay at the forefront of the ever-changing emerging markets. Investments in advanced technology today ensure all of us a better tomorrow. We are grateful for the funding support and excited about the enabled export opportunities,” said Vic Casasanta, vice-president of operations, LC Bakery Equipment Services Ltd. in a press release. “We have built a reputation of quality and excellence in our field. We are proud of our heritage and the growth that has occurred over the past year. We are proud to be based in Brantford and represent our company’s innovations globally.”
Drawing on founder Luigi Casasanta’s long career in the industry, the next generation has grown the company to 50 employees and developed a reputation for quality bakery equipment and customer service. LC Bakery is now undertaking expansion plans to boost its production capacity and diversity to new markets.
LC Bakery will add 16,500 square feet of production space to its facility, which includes a new test kitchen for customers, and a new automated processing line that can punch, shear and bend raw materials. The use of artificial intelligence will reduce lead times by up to 50 percent and material processing times by up to 97 percent. In addition, LC Bakery will be able to finalize the development of its first-to-market proprietary drying and racking system, and diversify into the emerging cannabis industry.
With Government of Canada support, LC Bakery will create 15 full-time jobs and will nearly triple its supply chain purchases by 2021, sourcing all of its raw materials from Canadian suppliers.