BRENHAM, Texas, April 11, 2018 – Blue Bell Ice Cream will begin construction on a 14,000 sq. ft. distribution facility located in the Northgate Commerce Park in Suffolk (Virginia) this year. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the Suffolk Economic Development Authority’s meeting this afternoon with the board passing a vote to provide the company with an Economic Development Investment Program (EDIP) grant for the capital investment and job creation.
“We can’t thank our customers enough for their patience while we work to get back to the Hampton Roads area,” said Wayne Hugo, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell. “We are especially grateful for the assistance from the Suffolk Economic Development Authority and the grant we have been provided.”
The distribution center, which is expected to be completed in 2019, will consist of cold storage space with loading docks, fleet parking and administrative offices, and will serve cities within approximately a 70-mile radius. Blue Bell will hire up to 20 employees to operate the facility and distribute its products and will release more information once the positions become available.
“We have been following Blue Bell’s progress and are excited to see this project commence,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson. “The continued focus to create a permanent facility in Suffolk reflects Blue Bell’s faith in our community. We look forward to future milestones.”
Blue Bell is available in parts of 22 states and produces a complete line-up of products including ice cream, No Sugar Added Ice Cream, Light Ice Cream, sherbet and frozen snacks. For more information about Blue Bell, visit www.bluebell.com