Pierre’s Ice Cream Co., a Cleveland-based manufacturer and distributor of ice cream and other frozen desserts, and Ohio Processors Inc., a London, Ohio-headquartered manufacturer and distributor of dairy-related products, said they finalized an agreement under which Ohio Processors will acquire Pierre’s Ice Cream.

The agreement brings will allow Ohio Processors to expand its product line, customer base and geographic reach, the companies said. Ohio Processors, a fourth-generation family-operated business, is owned by the Smith family, which has been involved in the operation of food manufacturing and distribution companies since 1934.

“I have spent long hours thinking about and working toward a succession plan that would ensure continuity for the business,” said Shelley Roth, president of Pierre’s Ice Cream Co. “That is why I am pleased to announce the impending transition of Pierre’s to Ohio Processors Inc.

“The philosophies of Ohio Processors and the Smith family align with our succession priorities, as well as the values and directions we have cultivated over the years,” she continued. “The Smith family shares the same core values that have been instilled in the Pierre’s organization. They understand food manufacturing and distribution and will be able to build upon the foundation that has already been created. They recognize the importance of supporting team members, creating high-quality products and providing excellent customer service."

The Pierre’s team and Ohio Processors said they will continue to produce high-quality ice creams and frozen desserts and provide delivery services from the same Pierre’s location at E. 65th Street and Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. The new owners anticipate retaining the Pierre’s team members and upholding the quality culture and recipes that ice cream lovers have enjoyed for 90 years.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Pierre’s Ice Cream,” said Doug Smith, president of Ohio Processors. “Their products and employees will be welcome additions to Ohio Processors. We are excited to get to work and continue Shelley’s success with Pierre’s.”