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An ice cream maker in the region is planning to add up to 30 jobs.
House of Flavors, located in downtown Ludington, has invested $30 million in its manufacturing facility to “keep up with customer demand, product trends and neighborhood changes,” according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, last week.
New pollution laws have also required the company to contribute $1.5 million toward upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment plant to continue operating at its current capacity.
The projects by House of Flavors are expected to create the jobs.
As a result, the company has been awarded a $240,000 grant from the Michigan Business Development Program.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, or MDARD, is also supporting the company with a $100,000 Food and Agriculture Investment Program performance-based grant.
The MDARD grant will help House of Flavors make “critical upgrades” in equipment, which will expand production capacity and meet demand. House of Flavors will remove a single-serve hardening system and replace it with a spiral hardening system, which can handle a variety of packages that are higher in demand by consumers.
The Mason County Growth Alliance, or MCGA, has also offered staff time and resources in support of the company.
“We’re thankful for the support and encouragement from MEDC, MDARD, MCGA and the local community,” said Whit Gallagher, president, House of Flavors.
“With this outpouring of support, we can continue to make investments that grow our capabilities to meet new value-added customer opportunities, while at the same time contribute to upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant that have a direct impact on the environment.”
House of Flavors
House of Flavors started as Miller Dairy in Ludington in the 1900s, a full-service dairy operation, and has since evolved into one of the largest ice cream and frozen dessert producers in Michigan, producing 25-million gallons of ice cream each year.