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Paducah-based Dippin’ Dots LLC announces $3.3 million expansion to manufacturing facility


Dippin’ Dots LLC, a Paducah-based cryogenically frozen ice cream producer, will expand its operation in McCracken County with a $3.3 million investment expected to create up to 28 full-time jobs.

Dippin’ Dots will expand to accommodate demand for its patented cryogenic technology. The technology has been found to be instrumental in producing ingredients used in plant-based meat alternatives and other new industries that require high-volume cryogenic freezing. Dippin’ Dots plans to purchase a 6,000-square-foot building near its current operation on Industrial Drive in Paducah to accommodate the expansion. The space will include a new manufacturing floor, freezers, office and storage space. Company leaders expect the expansion to be operational at some point in 2020.

“We are excited about this opportunity to expand our portfolio of products and services to industries outside our core products,” said Stan Jones, chief development officer at Dippin’ Dots. “This opportunity provides diversity in our portfolio and will continue to provide additional growth opportunities for our company and the region.”

Dippin’ Dots, headquartered in Paducah since its inception in 1991, was founded by microbiologist Curt Jones and specializes in unconventional ice cream that first gained popularity at amusement parks throughout the US and, by the mid-1990s, Japan.

The company now operates locations across the US, with products available in more than 100 shopping center and store locations and more than 1,000 amusement parks, stadiums, arenas, movie theaters and other entertainment venues.

Dippin’ Dots ice cream has been available through home delivery since 2004, and since the company’s acquisition by family-owned Fischer Enterprises in 2012, Dippin’ Dots ice cream has also become available at over 12,000 drug and convenience store locations. Currently, the company employs 185 people at its headquarters.

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