LEBANON, Mo. – New job opportunities are coming soon to the Lebanese community.
A central Missouri-based company called Ice Cream Factory is expanding its manufacturing facility to the city.
The company owners said they plan to produce 100 million pints of ice cream a year.
It also means, they said, a total of 130 new jobs over the next five years.
“We were very excited. Every time a new business comes to town, but especially with this new business, said Pam Weaver, President of the Lebanon Region Chamber of Commerce.
Lebanon’s economic leaders have said it should diversify job opportunities in the city.
“The diversification of our economy,” said Brian Thompson, president of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. “Of course, we are the aluminum boat fishing capital of the world with our boat manufacturers, and 26% of our are in the manufacturing business, so we have that experience, but it’s a bit different.”
The owners of Ice Cream Factory said Lebanon has a rich history in the dairy industry and they believe their business is perfect for the community.
“It kind of brings back a history and a tradition that we’ve remembered for a long time, if you’re a long-time resident or familiar with the Mid-Am Dairy product that was there before,” Thompson said. “We’re excited to see this operation, this kind of comeback in this genre with the Ice Cream Factory, and they’re going to take things to a whole new level.”
The owners said they hoped to attract tourists by adding an ice cream shop and a retail element.
Thompson said they hope it will also inspire future businesses to consider the area.
“This is hopefully one of multiple announcements for 2022,” Thompson said.
A first sod is scheduled for early March.
The installation is expected to be completed by summer 2023.