Awrey Bakeries won't cool ovens after buyer comes forward
100-year-old business had been facing closure
The 100-year-old Awrey Bakeries will soon start churning out the fresh goods again.
The Livonia-based company had been planning a two-day auction to sell off its assets but a buyer came through on Tuesday.
That buyer is Minnie Marie Bakers, Inc.
CEO Jim McColgan said the company will try to rehire as many former employees as possible and keep the Awrey name alive in their products.
“I am pleased that the new owner will preserve the Awrey’s Brand and tradition of fine products. It is also gratifying that the new owner will be able to hire back many of our hard working associates in the coming days and weeks," said John Awrey, a family member of the original founders.
Awrey Bakeries began in Detroit as a family business and moved to a production facility in Livonia in the 1970s.
The company, known for its windmill logo, fell on hard times and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2005. An investment group purchased it in bankruptcy, but in recent years demanded concessions from unionized workers to keep the company going.