Former Illinois Prairie Farms plant sold

An Illinois ice cream plant that shut down last year has been purchased and will reopen.

Farmer-owned Tillamook County Creamery Association bought the former Prairie Farms ice cream plant in Decatur.  Tillamook also bought some adjacent property and according to a development agreement with city officials, they will invest around 50 million dollars to expand production and have around 45 full-time employees.  That’s about ten more people than Prairie Farms had at the site.

As is, the Decatur plant is capable of making 12.5 million gallons of ice cream annually with 57-thousand square feet of production space and more than 22-thousand square feet of freezer space. 

The Decatur facility was originally opened in 1918 by Swift and Company, and sold to Prairie Farms in 1977.

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