bake - July 2018 - 42
Bakeries on the RBA Roadshow
are enjoying life in the fast lane.
BY JOHN UNREIN
When Ken Slove, owner of Lovin Oven Cakery, moved
production facility, where they can create one-of-a-
into a new 43,000-square-foot facility earlier this year
kind cakes for area customers and conveniently freeze
display cases to
in Antioch, Illinois, a feeling of euphoria came over
cakes as needed.
Baxter ovens and
him. You see, this location features all the latest bells
and whistles - a pair of Baxter rack ovens, a Bakon
The new facility is wired with 480 voltage, as a bonus.
retail bakeries are
Top Cream machine and a Nor-Lake walk-in freezer
"When I started pricing refrigeration, I bought 480 volt,"
investing in new
he says. "Also, every light in this facility is LED. My ﬁrst
electric bill here was $1,000, which is less than half of
equipment to enhance efficiency.
"I have a 10-foot by 20-foot freezer and 12-foot by
the average electric bill at our ﬁrst facility. Spending a
20-foot refrigeration," he says, beaming with joy like
little more when you start new can really help."
a proud father. "We have a blast freezer and a freezer.
We have plenty of space to grow."
Lovin Oven was one of the featured bakeries on the
Retail Bakers of America. Other bakeries on the tour
enables Lovin Oven to improve efficiency and ramp
included Simma's Bakery in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin,
up production, as it continues to expand service to
and Troubadour Bakery in Milwaukee. Both bakeries
retail and wholesale customers around north Chicago.
featured a host of new equipment and product
Slove knows he's come a long way. In 1989, he opened
his ﬁrst retail store in a 1,200-square-foot building.
For more than 30 years, Simma's Bakery has been
Today, Lovin Oven boasts three locations, and the
creating cheesecakes, wedding cakes, pastries and
new Antioch store is the crown jewel. Here, there's
more. The sweets are baked by highly trained pastry
a modern retail store connected to a massive
chefs, many of whom have been with Simma's for more
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Chicago RBA Roadshow, conducted this spring by the
All this modern equipment and additional space