Feature Photo: A fork lift carries frozen pops out of a Ziegenfelder warehouse. Image: The Ziegenfelder Company/Facebook
Lockhart (Caldwell County) – The Ziegenfelder Company, a frozen dessert manufacturer in operation in the United States for well over a century, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Lockhart.
The project will create 100 new jobs and more than $29 million in capital investment. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $525,000 has been extended to The Ziegenfelder Company.
“I am pleased to welcome The Ziegenfelder Company, an industry leader producing affordable, high-quality frozen treats, to the Lone Star State,” said Gov. Greg Abbott in a state government news release. “Lockhart offers access to a hardworking skilled workforce and the logistical advantages of its Central Texas location.”
Abbott added that Texas was the second-leading state for food manufacturing and distribution.
“The Ziegenfelder Company currently operates three manufacturing facilities in West Virginia, Colorado and California, producing the nation’s No. 1 frozen novelty brand, Budget Saver,” said Kevin Heller, president of The Ziegenfelder Company. “We have been in business for more than 160 years and this $29 million investment is the next steppingstone in our company’s growth. The business-friendly environment that Lockhart and the State of Texas have created was a major reason we decided to expand our business in the region.”
“It’s a refreshing addition to Lockhart’s growing economic landscape,” said Lockhart Mayor Lew White. “For a city of Lockhart’s size, this represents a substantial investment and employment opportunity for our residents. What a treat! The Lockhart Economic Development Corporation’s efforts to welcome The Ziegenfelder Company received incredible support from all aspects of the Central Texas community. On top of the City of Lockhart’s backing, Caldwell County’s, the State delegation, and now, Gov. Abbott’s reinforcement ensured our success.”
VBX Project ID: 2022-7035
Edited from news release.