Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream committed to a $100 million expansion of their Bakersfield ice cream manufacturing facility after a merger with the Nestle Ice Cream Company. The expansion tripled the capacity of the existing Bakersfield manufacturing facility and created 250 new jobs. The 247,000 square foot facility, which has been dedicated to frozen snacks, added 400,000 square feet and five ice cream production lines, enabling the manufacturing of packaged ice cream products like Dreyer’s Grand ice cream and the new Slow Churned Dreyer’s Grand Light. In addition to packaged ice cream production and office space, the expansion included a new ice cream warehouse with a 20-door shipping dock, and new Research and Development facilities including a pilot plant for flavor development, labs, and prep kitchens.
Originally built as a Nestle ice cream plant in 1988, the Bakersfield facility is now Dreyer’s largest and most state-of-the-art operations center, with a total of 650,000 square feet and a manufacturing capacity of 70 million gallons once the expansion was completed, in addition to its current frozen snacks capacity of 98 million dozens. Dreyer’s currently has seven ice cream manufacturing facilities across the country.
“Our Bakersfield Operations Center is already one of the top manufacturing facilities in the country for frozen snacks,” said William Oldenburg, Dreyer’s executive vice president of Operations. “This country has grown up on Drumsticks, Nestle Crunch Bars and Carnation Ice Cream Sandwiches. And now, from this facility in the heart of California, we’ll also be creating new flavors, and new packaged and single serve ice cream products to keep America smiling.”
Cannon was initially selected by the contractor, The Dennis Group, LLC, to prepare a topographic survey of the property for the expansion. Cannon has since been selected to provide engineering services including site plan submittal, city coordination, grading and drainage plans, utility coordination, lift station design, NPDES permitting, storm water pollution prevention plans, erosion control and construction administration. Cannon is also providing construction staking for the entire site.Back to Market
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