Dippin’ Dots invests in plant

Dippin’ Dots LLC, maker of novelty ice cream and frozen treats, announced a $3.1 million modernization and renovation at its Paducah KY manufacturing facility.

The company has produced and distributed its patented flash-frozen tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and flavored ice products since microbiologist Curt Jones invented the cryogenic process in 1988. Made at the company’s production facility in Paducah that employs 170 people, these frozen products are distributed in all 50 US states and 11 nations.

This investment includes construction of a new energy-efficient freezer system, and operational upgrades designed to improve efficiencies throughout the 120,000-square-foot production and distribution facility.

Scott Fischer referred to the investment as an important step in positioning the company for future growth. He said, “This investment underlines our long-term commitment to reinvigorating the widely recognized Dippin’ Dots brand and build on our existing products with innovative frozen treats in the coming months and years.

“As Dippin’ Dots enters its 25th-anniversary year, this new capital investment also fulfills numerous goals for our company,” he said. “It assures sustainability through energy efficiency gains and provides significant utility cost and maintenance savings.”

Curt Jones, Dippin’ Dots inventor and founder, noted the frozen treats are stored after production in a special 17,000-sq-ft, –40° F freezer system. Jones said the new freezer system—besides being environmentally sensitive—would uphold the quality standards the company has set.

The freezer system uses a cascade refrigeration system equipped with a new industrial cooling technology. Dippin’ Dots plans to pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the project.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. Upgrades, renovations, and expansion will create 30 new jobs.

Construction will start in spring 2013 with completion anticipated later this year.

Access www.dippindots.com for further details.

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