Farmer-owned dairy co-operative Tillamook has announced plans to open a new ice cream manufacturing facility in Decatur (IL), in 2024.
Tillamook currently operates two facilities in Oregon, mainly dedicated to the production of cheese. The new facility will be the first to focus exclusively on ice cream manufacture.
Mike Bever, executive vice president of operations at Tillamook, said: “Consumer demand for Tillamook Ice Cream has grown exponentially over the past several years. This new facility is an investment in our continued national expansion plans. We are proud to be able to expand our manufacturing footprint even further as another step toward bringing Tillamook to more fans around the country”.
The facility purchased was previously used to produce ice cream by Prairie Farms and will be updated by Tillamook over the next 18 to 24 months, with the aim of starting operations in October 2024.
The ice cream plant will generate around 45 new jobs and produce both family-size and food service ice cream.
Source: Tillamook (via PR Newswire)