LAUREL, Md.-Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc. is celebrating the completion of a $210 million expansion of its Laurel Operations Center the largest of six facilities operated by the company across the country.
The Laurel plant will now make and distribute more than 120 different Dreyer's, Edy's, Häagen-Dazs, Nestle and Skinny Cow ice cream products and frozen snacks.
Dreyer's has recently hired an additional 450 employees-mostly ice cream makers, and shipping and maintenance personnel-to staff the new 705,000 sq ft facility. More than 725 employees now work at Laurel and the company says it plans to add another 240 employees over the next two years.
Dreyer's will also spend $30 million to add nine more production lines to the plant in 2007.
The plant has grown more than six-fold in size and boasts the square footage of more than 14 football fields. Dreyer's expects it to produce nearly 58 million gallons of packaged ice cream and 370 million dozens of frozen snacks a year.