Edy's plans expansion to boost Drumstick production

by Eric Schroeder
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FORT WAYNE, IND. — Edy’s Grand Ice Cream plans to spend about $30 million on a factory expansion in Fort Wayne that would add 65 jobs and 30,000 square feet of space to make room for a new Nestle Drumstick production line. Nestle bought Edy’s parent, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings Inc., last year.

The company is boosting Drumstick production to meet customer demand and reduce transportation costs, said Tony Sarsam, Dreyer’s executive vice-president.

"This investment reinforces our commitment to our employees and allows us to introduce innovative production capabilities to the Fort Wayne plant," he said. "By expanding Nestle Drumstick capacity to the U.S. heartland, we also get product closer to customer demand. This will reduce transportation costs and ensure that our stringent product quality standards are achieved."

Construction will start this month and finish in July 2008.

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