Hudsonville Ice Cream launching $65.7M multiphase expansion

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Courtesy Hudsonville Ice Cream

A local ice cream maker is expanding in the city of Holland.

Holland-based Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company, founded in 1895 in Hudsonville as a cooperative of local farmers, manufactures ice cream in Holland for several regional and national brands, as well as under its own Hudsonville brand.

The company now is entering the novelty ice cream space, where it has experienced significant growth, in addition to continued demand in its ice cream production.

Due to this increased demand, Hudsonville is planning a multiphase expansion at its facility at 345 E. 48th St. in the city of Holland.

The expansion will include construction of additional manufacturing space, the purchase of new machinery and equipment, and renovation of existing employee facilities. It also will include the construction of a wastewater treatment plant.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $65.7 million and create 76 jobs, resulting in a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The company currently has 172 employees in Michigan.

“We are grateful to our community, to our employees, and to all our customers near and far,” said Rachel Glupker, CFO of Hudsonville Ice Cream.

The project is projected to boost Michigan’s agribusiness industry through increased sales for Michigan milk suppliers and other vendors.

The city of Holland plans to support the project with a 50% property tax abatement.

“Hudsonville Ice Cream’s commitment to West Michigan is a great example of the continued strength of West Michigan’s agribusiness industry,” said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, the economic development agency for Ottawa and Allegan counties. “We applaud (the company) on their continued success.”

Quentin Messer Jr., CEO of the MEDC and president and chair of the MSF board, said Hudsonville’s decision to expand highlights “the enduring strength of Michigan’s value proposition: talented workforce, diverse industries and the shared commitment to ensuring that a business environment exists that creates long-term economic growth in our state.

“These projects are representative of our holistic, people-first approach to economic development that rewards risk-takers while further securing Michigan’s leadership in the industries that will propel our economy into the future.”

Job postings and more information about Hudsonville Ice Cream are available online.

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