YoCream expansion adds storage space, freezer and cooler space

by Jeff Gelski
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PORTLAND, ORE. — YoCream International, Inc. has added 21,000 square feet to its dairy and manufacturing plant in Portland after completing a 14-month facility expansion. The plant is now 75,750 square feet.

The construction project connects the existing manufacturing facility to the dry warehouse. Included in the project are an additional 7,000-square-foot production room and support area, 10,600 square feet of freezer rooms, a 3,400-square-foot refrigerated shipping dock with three truck bays and a new quality assurance lab.

Total freezer and cooler space increased to 22,000 square feet, enough to hold 3.5 million lbs of finished goods and ingredients. The freezer rooms are maintained at minus-15 degrees Fahrenheit and hold abut 1,500 pallets, said Terry Offedal, director of supply chain operations.

"We’ve already increased our direct customer shipments and significantly reduced outside freeze down, storage and handling expenses," he said.

YoCream International, based in Portland and a manufacturer of frozen yogurt and frozen beverages, also increased cooler capacity by 200% by converting the existing freezer into refrigerated storage and work space.

Expansion project funding was provided by internally generated funds and by the sale of $6.7 million of 30-year State of Oregon Industrial Revenue Bonds, security for which includes an irrevocable direct pay letter of credit provided by KeyBank National Association. YoCream International received an Oregon Energy Trust Efficiency Grant, an Oregon Department of Energy tax credit, a Multnomah County Regional Investment Grant and property tax abatements arranged through the Portland Development Commission.

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