US own-label ice cream firm Fieldbrook Foods Corp. has completed a US$4m production expansion project at its headquarters in Dunkirk, New York State.

Fieldbrook said the project included adding two production lines to manufacture speciality ice cream products at the 234,000 sq ft facility.

The project, which received $400,000 in tax credit support from the state’s Empire State Development (ESD) agency, also allowed Fieldbrook to add 61 full-time jobs and retain 586 full-time jobs, the company said. 

Fieldbrook president and CEO Bob Charleston said: “We continue to see progress in our manufacturing and warehousing operations and are delighted to add the additional 61 full-time staff to support this part of our overall strategy necessary to driving continued operational excellence throughout the Fieldbrook business.”

Howard Zemsky, ESD president, CEO and commissioner, said the new production lines will help Fieldbrook “maintain their competitive edge and plan for future production increases as the ice cream market continues to grow”.

Fieldbrook said it now has more than 32 production lines at its New York plant, which has the capacity to produce 25 million gallons of ice cream annually in addition to making frozen novelty products such as ice cream bars and ice pops. Fieldbrook’s products are distributed to all 50 US states, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. 

The company also produces ice cream products in a variety of packaging sizes, formats, flavours and formulations for retailers, contract manufacturing customers, and foodservice operators throughout the US, Canada and Latin America.

Fieldbrook was acquired by US private-equity firm Arbor Investments in 2010, in partnership with dairy firm Herman “Bing” Graffunder, for an undisclosed sum.