Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development this week noted it’s National Diary Month and Unilever is poised to place Tennessee’s cherry as the nation’s top ice cream manufacturer. In celebration of National Dairy month, we visited Unilever in Covington, which is on its way to becoming the largest ice cream manufacturing facility in the world! The Covington location likes to say they manufacture happiness, because they make ice cream, including popular brands like Breyers, Ben & Jerry’s, Fudgsicle and Klondike Bars.
In September of last year, Unilever announced it was investing $108.7 million for this massive expansion, including an expansion to the engine room and parking lot, which will mean the addition of 428 new full-time positions over a four-year period. Once this project is complete, Unilever’s Covington workforce will top nearly 1,000 employees.
At time of the expansion announcement, many state and local officials declared their support of the $108.7 million investment for the Covington community and the state.
“I want to congratulate Unilever on this significant announcement and thank the company for its continued investment in Covington and Tipton County,” Haslam said. “Part of our Jobs4TN strategy focuses on expanding companies already conducting business in the state, and today’s expansion announcement is another step toward our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“Unilever has played a key role in the corporate landscape of West Tennessee for more than a decade, and I am pleased with the company’s plans to expand in Covington,” Hagerty said. “In addition to our ideal location and unbeatable transportation infrastructure, Tennessee boasts the best balance sheet in the nation, which is tremendous when international companies, like Unilever, seek to locate or expand in our state. I appreciate Unilever’s decision to continue to invest in Tennessee and its quality workforce.”
Unilever’s expansion of its Covington facility optimizes the positive economic, environmental and social benefits of the facility’s location to sustainably produce ice cream and frozen novelty items.
“Investing in sustainable manufacturing is an important part of Unilever’s strategy of investing back for growth in America,” Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America, said. “Through the expansion and upgrade in Covington we are creating a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, enabling Unilever to sustainably and responsibly grow our U.S. ice cream business. We are excited about what this investment means for both the local community and for Unilever.”
Unilever’s Covington facility, located at 2000 Hwy. 51 N., specializes in the production of ice cream and frozen novelty items for brands such as Breyers, Fruttare, Good Humor, Klondike and Popsicle. In addition to facility and parking lot improvements, the expansion will allow increased production capacity of the existing company-owned ice cream novelty and frozen dessert factory and the purchase of new machinery and equipment for additional production lines.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, refreshments, home and personal care products with sales in over 190 countries. Unilever was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the “Top 50 World’s Most Admired Companies” and is ranked in the Fortune Global 500.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.
Unilever employs more than 10,000 people in the United States – generating over $9 billion in sales in 2012. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.