Processing Magazine

Dreyer’s begins $180 million expansion of ice cream manufacturing facility

November 29, 2004
Dreyer''s Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc. recently broke ground on a $180 million project to triple the capacity of its Laurel, Maryland manufacturing facility. The state-of-the-art warehouse, serving the eastern U.S., will create more than 300 new jobs by the time the project is completed in 2007, Business Wire reports. Dreyer''s Laurel Operations Center in Howard County, Maryland, currently supports 220 ice cream makers and staff who produce a wide range of Nestle and Edy''s frozen snacks. The facility, which has been dedicated to frozen snacks, will more than double the number of workers in three years to about 520, and will add nearly 600,000 square feet of production and warehouse space, ten frozen snack production lines and two packaged ice cream lines, enabling the manufacturing of packaged ice cream products. The expansion will include a new 200,000-square-foot ice cream warehouse that will hold up to 23,000 pallets of ice cream and frozen snacks for quick shipment to stores, restaurants and ice cream parlors across the eastern U.S.