Bixby & Company plans expansion in Rockland

Dec 09, 2013
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Kate McAleer of Bixby & Co. was welcomed as a new member of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce in May at Owls Head Transportation Museum. Her company makes the handmade Bixby Bar using chocolate, fruits, nuts and spice. The products are all natural and they have vegan-friendly brands.

Rockland — Bixby & Co., LLC, makers of Bixby Bars, will be moving from its current location in the Coastal Farms food hub and incubation facility in Belfast to expand its operations in Rockland, effective March 1, 2014, according to a press release issued Dec. 9.

The company will be leasing the former ice factory space from O'Hara Corporation at 1 Sea Street Place in Rockland.

Owner, Kate McAleer, said the company has outgrown its present space.

Founded in 2011, Bixby & Co.makes and sells chocolate bars using organic chocolate, fruit, nuts and spice. Bixby & Co. has recently been notified that it is a finalist in the 2014 Good Food Awards aimed at creating and promoting ethical and sustainable foods.

She said three family members are employed by the company full-time and it adds temporary help as needed.

McAleer acknowledged the support and help from Coastal Farms & Foods.

"It was really a great fit for us when we moved to Maine in March 2013 from the Hudson Valley region of New York State. The owners of Coastal Farms and its staff have been extremely supportive and the food hub offered what we needed at the time. It is now time for us to move on to our own facility," said McAleer. "Our wholesale business continues to grow and that will require us to have more space to expand our output."

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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.


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