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BAKERY, CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO WORKERS
AND GRAIN MILLERS UNION LOCAL 114
7931 NE Halsey Street, Suite #205 • Portland, Oregon 97213
Phone 503-256-1177 • Fax 503-256-8551 • 1-800-442-8281
Gene D. Beaudoin
Terry W. Lansing
Jan K. Almond
AND THE GENERATIONS OF
WHO HAVE MADE “THE GOOD BREAD”
FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS!
World’s Longest Hot Dog Bun is Union-Made
To commemorate its 100th anniver-
sary, Franz Family Bakeries made a
record-breaking 100-foot hot dog bun at
its plant in Northeast Portland.
The bun was union-made by mem-
bers of Bakery Confectionery, Tobacco
Workers and Grain Millers Local 114.
Franz employees have been represented
by the Bakers Union since the early
1900s. Today there are about 140 union
members at the Portland bakery.
The previous record for the longest
hot dog bun, according to the Guinness
Book of World Records, was 57.5 feet.
“It’s one foot for every year that
we’ve been in business,” said company
president Marc Albers of the new record.
Engelbert Franz started baking “the
GOOD BREAD” in Portland in 1906. A
few years later he built the plant on what
is the current location of the Franz Bak-
ery in Northeast Portland.
Engelbert Franz died in 1954, leaving
his son, Joe Franz, to take over the busi-
ness. He passed away in 1988.
Franz is owned by United States Bak-
ery, which has six plants — doing busi-
ness as Williams Bakery in Eugene,
Smith’s Cookie Co. in McMinville, Sny-
der’s in Spokane, Wash., and Gai’s in
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY
FROM THE PROUD MEMBERS OF
BCTGM LOCAL 114
Seattle. The plants — all Bakery Union
shops — produce everything from bread,
buns, hearth breads, rolls, English
muffins and bagels to cookies, muffins,
doughnuts and other sweet goods.
Last year, the company spent $3 mil-
lion refurbishing its Franz bread line and
installing new packaging equipment. It
is finishing up construction on a $42 mil-
lion bakery in Springfield, Ore., that will
replace the Williams Bakery in Eugene.
Employees there also are members of
Bakers Union Local 114.
Bakers Local 114 member Juan Zapata (above, left) helps maneuver the
world’s largest hot dog bun out of Franz Bakery in Northeast Portland. The
company had to remove the front window of the plant to complete the task.
Also helping are Local 114 members James Robinson and Bill Legg (in the
back). Once outside, the bun was wheeled down to Pioneer Square (top photo)
where it was part of a 100th anniversary celebration July 7.
NORTHWEST LABOR PRESS
JULY 21, 2006