Schwebel Baking Co., Youngstown, OH, has named food industry veteran Steve Cooper chief operating officer. Most recently, he served as general manager at J&J Snack Foods Corp. Before that, he was senior vice president at Hostess Brands.

“We look forward to strengthening our team with Steve on board, who will bring his talents, energy and leadership to the next phase of the company’s growth,” says Paul Schwebel, president. “Steve will help Schwebel’s further penetrate our markets and expand our product offerings to appeal to a broader base of consumers.”

“Schwebel’s is a dynamic and highly successful company,” says Cooper. “I’m pleased to join an organization that has established itself as a premiere regional market share leader with top-selling brands and an extremely loyal customer base. For over a century, Schwebel’s has built a reputation any company would be proud of.”

Founded in 1906 in the kitchen of Joseph and Dora Schwebel, Schwebel Baking Co. is one of the largest family-owned, independent baking companies in America, producing a variety of fresh breads, buns and rolls under the Schwebel’s ‘taliano, Millbrook, Country Hearth, Roman Meal, Sun-Maid Raisin and Cinnabon brand names. It operates four bakeries and 35 distribution centers, and distributes its products in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.