LEBANON, Mo. – New job opportunities are on the horizon for the Lebanese community.
A Mid-Missouri-based company called the Ice Cream Factory is expanding its manufacturing facility into the city.
Business owners said they plan to produce 100 million pints of ice cream a year.
That also means 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 Chamber of Commerce.
Lebanese business leaders said they should diversify job opportunities in the city.
“The diversification of our economy,” said Brian Thompson, President of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc. “Obviously, with our boat builders, we’re the aluminum boat fishery of the world, and a very strong 26 percent of our jobs are in manufacturing, so we have that background, but this is a bit different.”
Ice cream factory owners said Lebanon had a rich history in the dairy industry and they felt their business was perfect for the community.
“Somehow it brings back some history and tradition that we remember for a long time, if you’re a longtime resident or knew of the Mid-Am Dairy product that came before,” Thompson said. “We’re excited to see this operation, this way of returning to this genre with the Ice Cream Factory, and they’re going to take things to a whole new level.”
The owners said they hope to attract tourists by adding an ice cream shop and a retail component.
Thompson said they hope it will also attract future companies to consider the area.
“Hopefully this is one of the many announcements in 2022,” Thompson said.
The groundbreaking is scheduled for early March.
Completion of the facility is scheduled for summer 2023.