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Teamsters Make Girl Scout Cookies Possible

There are only two bakery factories in the U.S. that make and bake the famous girl scout cookies—the Interbake Foods bakery in North Sioux City, S.D.  and the Little Brownie Bakers bakery in Louisville, Ky.—and Teamster members work at both.

“We’ve represented the warehouse, shipping/receiving and bakery machine maintenance workers at Interbake Foods for at least the past 20 years,” said Kim Quick, President of Local 554 in Sioux City, S.D. “My favorite Girl Scout Cookie is Caramel deLite.”

“Bakers, line operators, mixers, forklift drivers, stackers, wrappers, caramel mixers and mechanics are some of the many job classifications we represent at Little Brownie Bakers,” said John Stovall, President of Local 783 which has represented the bakery employees for over 20 years.

The factories run seven days a week, and they produce girl scout cookies at least ten months out of the year. According to Girl Scouts of the USA, the cookie program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. The cookie program is also intended to  teach five important life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

“We are proud that our members have an integral part in the production of Girl Scout Cookies. Our skilled members ensure that the cookies are made with high production standards, just like all Teamster products,” said Dave Dudas, Director, of the Bakery and Laundry Conference.

Girl Scout cookie sales are seasonal, but fortunately, that season is going on right now! All of the proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie sales stay local and provide financing for field trips, community services and the other activities girl scouts partake in to help girls thrive throughout childhood and adulthood. Click here to find a location near you for buying girl scout cookies.

For a gallery of workers at the factory, click here.