Incentives provided for expansion at Good Humor-Breyers

September 29, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

State and local governments are providing incentives to Good Humor-Breyers to expand its ice cream plant, the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission said this week.

The Morning Herald reported in May that Unilever North American Ice Cream, Good Humor-Breyers' parent company, was investing $7 million in the Frederick Street plant.

At the time, Plant Manager Ken Wells said the company would hire about 50 more employees, increasing its total to about 525 employees.

Wells said the 140,000-square-foot plant would expand by about 5,000 square feet.

Timothy Troxell, the EDC's executive director, said Thursday that government agencies have worked out terms of incentives for the plant, which allowed the EDC to finally announce the expansion.


The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is giving Good Humor-Breyers a $100,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Fund.

It also is providing as much as $15,000 in work force training through the Maryland Industrial Training Program, according to an EDC press release.

The City of Hagerstown and Washington County are giving $5,000 apiece as conditional loans. Troxell said the loans will become grants if Good Humor-Breyers meets certain conditions.

For the state money, the company must add at least 38 new employees by the end of the year, for a total of 510, and must have at least that number of employees through the end of March 2010, Troxell said.

For the city and county money, the company must invest about $7 million in the plant or add at least 38 new employees, or both, he said.

Troxell said governments often require businesses to add most, but not all, of the new jobs they forecast, in case their predictions are slightly off.

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