You want to talk about multitasking? Consider this: the Kemps ice cream plant in Rochester, Minn., prepares 52 different ice cream mixes, runs multiple filling lines and makes an estimated 900 products for its own brand, co-pack and private label partners, and foodservice accounts. And it does this all day long, every day of the week.
Operations Manager Mike Hinrichsen calls the plant one of the largest ice cream facilities in the United States. The plant is nearly 219,000 square feet on 10 acres in downtown Rochester. The original plant was built in 1924 but over the years the owners have expanded it. In 1964 there was a freezer expansion; the hardening area was enlarged in 1981 and again in 2010. The production area was renovated and expanded in 1989; and a pelletized ice cream area was added in 2006.