HUDSONVILLE ICE CREAM EXPANDS HOLLAND OPERATIONS

Posted in News on December 17, 2020

HUDSONVILLE ICE CREAM EXPANDS HOLLAND OPERATIONS
Expansion includes cold storage and manufacturing capacity to accommodate new business


12/17/2020 // HOLLAND, MICH – Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company, LLC, is building a 150,000 square-foot cold storage distribution center and increasing manufacturing capacity at its current location at 345 E 48th Street in Holland, MI. This is the fourth expansion project in Holland for Hudsonville Ice Cream in the past three years, and their second expansion in 2020. The project will create 45 new jobs, increasing their workforce by nearly 50 percent. 
 
“With this significant and exciting growth, we are focused on maintaining the family-owned culture of the company,” said Kevin Phillips, Chief Financial Officer of Hudsonville Ice Cream. “We value being an employer of choice in this community and the skills and work ethic our team members bring to work each day. We’re pleased to be consumers of Michigan’s dairy commodity that is abundantly available for us to create great products for our customers.”

Starting wage at Hudsonville Ice Cream is $20/hour, with additional benefits offered by the company. The company is hiring for a wide array of positions, including production, material handlers, quality testing, and supervisors. 
 
“We were able to walk alongside Hudsonville Ice Cream on this expansion project, understand their growth milestones and deploy state and local resources to support their expansion project in Holland,” said Jennifer Owens, President of Lakeshore Advantage. “We’ve helped Hudsonville Ice Cream with incremental growth projects over the last few years, and commend their commitment to West Michigan.”
 
The company’s expansion earlier this year included dry goods storage. Today’s announced expansion started in September 2020 and is expected to be completed in September 2022. 
Lakeshore Advantage, the local economic development organization that assists employers with growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties, worked with the company to connect them with state and local resources to support their growth. 
 
The final support for the project was approved at the City of Holland council meeting on December 16th. The City of Holland is offering local support for this growing company in the form of a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption. 
 
“Hudsonville Ice Cream has been a model company in our city; expanding their business with quality products, supporting community organizations and events, and being an employer of choice providing great pay and benefits for their people.  We are pleased to support this project and this company,” said Keith Van Beek, Holland City Manager
 
The Michigan Strategic Fund is supporting the project with a three-mill State Education Tax exemption estimated at $666,000 over 12 years because of the new investment and significant economic benefits to the state of Michigan this expansion provides. The food and agriculture sector contribute more than $104 billion of the total economic activity for Michigan each year. 
 
“Hudsonville Ice Cream is a terrific business in our state providing good jobs to Michiganders and supporting our local agricultural industry,” said Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Josh Hundt. “We’re pleased to work with our local partners in supporting this longstanding Michigan company as it expands in Holland and sends another strong signal that Michigan’s economic recovery is underway.”
 
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is supporting this project in the amount of $150,000 through the Food & Agriculture Investment Fund. This is an economic development incentive program focused specifically on the growth of food and agriculture companies in Michigan through a performance-based grant. Michigan is second in the nation for agricultural commodity production.
 
“The creation of 45 new jobs and the growth of a Michigan institution like Hudsonville Creamery are fantastic, and we cannot overstate the total economic impact of this project,” said Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “This project will help Michigan dairy farmers, lead to the development of new products, and expand Michigan’s footprint in the dairy industry. MDARD is proud to support this project, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Hudsonville and its partners.”
 
West Michigan Works! is supporting the project in the amount of $457,000 to support the 47 percent increase in employment that Hudsonville Ice Cream will experience due to their growth. 
 
“West Michigan Works! is pleased to support Hudsonville Ice Cream’s expansion project. We’re excited to see this growth and investment in the community, especially in these uncertain times,” said Jacob Maas, CEO, West Michigan Works!
 
Hudsonville Ice Cream makes more than 50 flavors, from classic family-size favorites to its Dairy Free and Extra Indulgent pint lineups, which are available in more than a dozen states. Hudsonville Ice Cream continues to utilize the same base recipe from more than 90 years ago when it was founded in West Michigan.
 
About Hudsonville Ice Cream
Hudsonville Ice Cream has been making moments sweeter with delicious ice cream for more than 90 years. Headquartered in Holland, Michigan, and serving more than a dozen states, this family-owned and operated company has revolutionized how ice cream is made by building the most progressive ice cream manufacturing facility in the country to produce the creamiest, best tasting ice cream meant for any occasion. Hudsonville Ice Cream combines time-tested recipes with the freshest ingredients, including dairy from local farms, to make favorite flavors people know and love, while creating seasonal Limited Editions and unique small batch flavors with local partners. Learn more at www.hudsonvilleicecream.com.