Dean Foods, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year, continues to divest facilities to Dairy Farmers of America—who already paid $433 million for 44 of the company’s facilities. Its subsidiary, Kemps, is now in the process of taking over a plant in Le Mars, Iowa.
The Le Mars plant, which stands at 1188 Lincoln St. SW in Le Mars, was built in 1963, and formerly operated by a Le Mars-based ice cream maker. Dean Foods acquired the plant in 2007. The dairy plant employs more than 200 people and produces fluid milk, cottage cheese, cream, dips, fruit juices, ice cream mix, and sour cream, Sioux City Journal noted.
After the sale, the plant's current management will continue to manage the plant's day-to-day operations, and all employees will retain their current positions.
Dairy Farmers of America declared at the time of Dean Foods’ bankruptcy that it was "engaged in discussions to potentially purchase some or all" of Dean's assets.
Deli Market News will continue to cover the latest.